Women’s names on house plaques in North Indian districts

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A girl in Haryana stands under her house plaque. Source

As a mark of respect to the girl child, several homes in the district of Muzaffarnagar which is known for its strong patriarchal system, have put up nameplates with their daughters’ names written on them.

“More than 200 nameplates with names of daughters were put up on the doors of the houses in various villages in the last few days. The campaign is still on,” said district probation officer Mohd Mustaqeem.

The initiative is a result of a #BetiBachaoBetiPadhao campaign launched a few weeks ago by the Department of Women and Child Development.

“The families with no daughters were told to put the names of their women members. Like people can put the names of their wives or mothers on the nameplate,” he said.

A girl and her mother stand next to their house plaque. Source

Officials have toured scores of villages to encourage people to adopt this practice and a majority of them have happily accepted the proposal.

The Ministry of Women and Child development also tweeted this image of a family in Himachal Pradesh adopting a house plaque with their daughter’s name.

A similar drive regarding women’s names on house plaques had evoked an encouraging response in Punjab and Haryana, which had dismal gender ratios. Now Uttar Pradesh has adopted the campaign to stem rising cases of crime against women.


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