Birth of girl cel­e­brated with dance, mu­sic

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Hhttrajasthan - Suresh Fou­j­dar [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

BHARAT­PUR: A fam­ily in Ra­jasthan’s Bharat­pur dis­trict on Sun­day took a new­born girl home from a hos­pi­tal in a pro­ces­sion with band, baaja to send a mes­sage on the im­por­tance of girls.

Kriti Chaudhary, 20, of Takha vil­lage in the dis­trict gave birth to a girl at a pri­vate hos­pi­tal on Satur­day. On Sun­day, her hus­band Dr Durgesh Kun­tal and other mem­bers of the fam­ily reached the hos­pi­tal to take the new­born home. They hired a band to play mu­sic as they walked in a pro­ces­sion, singing and danc­ing.

“Some peo­ple aban­don girls or kill them in wombs but my hus­band and I al­ways wanted a girl as our first child. God was great to lis­ten to our prayers,” Chaud- hary said when she reached home.

She said she wanted to con­trib­ute her bit to the Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao cam­paign and de­cided to cel­e­brate the birth of a girl with dance and mu­sic. “I faced a lot of prob­lems for be­ing a girl. We wanted to send out a mes­sage to so­ci­ety that girls are equally im­por­tant,” she added.

Dr Kun­tal said he and Kriti had a love mar­riage on De­cem­ber 26, 2017, after a long strug­gle with her par­ents who didn’t agree for the al­liance be­cause of caste. “We took out a pro­ces­sion through mar­ket to send out a mes­sage to so­ci­ety,” he said. “Peo­ple pass com­ments on cou­ples when they have girl chil­dren but we want to change that. We wish that we have a daugh­ter again,” Chaudhary said.

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Lo­cals join fa­ther in the cel­e­bra­tion.

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