President asks youth to uproot evil of dowry
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 13:18
Ralawata (Rajasthan): President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday asked youngsters to help uproot the evil of dowry and ensure that girls do not face problems in getting married due to this practice.

Observing that the dowry practice has had a bad effect on society, she said, "Because of this practice, brilliant girls from ordinary households face problems in their marriage."

"It is time that this situation changes," she said at the village here, about 35-kms from district headquarters of Sikar.

She said young men will have to come forward and take this challenge as a campaign.

Patil, who was here to unveil a statue of 'Maharao Shekhaji', a local warrior and founding father of 'Shekhawati' region, described herself as a daughter-in-law of the 'Shekhawati' region.

Noting that the recent Census has shown that there are only 914 girls as compared to 1000 boys, she said, "This is a subject of worry and this shows the discrimination towards the girl child in our society".

"This has led to a peculiar situation and has brought about deterioration in values and rise in crimes," she said.

"Although our country is developing, the development process has to be correct," she said, adding the rural populace should also get the benefits of development.

Patil was accompanied by Rajasthan Governor Shivraj Patil, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Union Ministers Sachin Pilot and Jitendra Singh and Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh.


First Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 13:18

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