Bollywood Star Kajol Inaugrates 'Save And Empower The Girl Child' Campaign Launched By The Doctors Of Lilavati Hospital And Research Centre
As part of their social responsibility, doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, one of the leading hospitals in the city of Mumbai launched an ambitious public awareness campaign called 'Save and Empower the Girl Child' on 11th April at Hotel J. W. Marriott.
- (1888PressRelease) May 04, 2012 - As part of their social responsibility, doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, one of the leading hospitals in the city of Mumbai launched an ambitious public awareness campaign called 'Save and Empower the Girl Child' on 11th April at Hotel J. W. Marriott, Juhu, bollywood star Kajol was the chief guest of the evening. Leading Gynaecologist & IVF Expert, Dr. Hrishikesh Pai is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the said social initiative alongwith Mr. Chetan Mehta, Trustee and Mr. Nanik Rupani, Trustee Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre. The core organizing committee consist leading Gynecologists - Dr. Kiran Coelho as Convener, Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, Dr. Rishma Pai and Dr. Deepak Ugra.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Lilavati Hospital said 'I am feeling proud to take this initiative of 'Save and empower the girl child'. Girl child has become a burning issue these days. Every now and then there is a story on killing a girl child and female feoticides. We at Lilavati thought of taking a strong initiative against this. Today, we have gathered for a very important event. I wish this initiative be a great success.'
Chief Guest of the evening, Kajol, said 'her father never for a moment regretted the fact that he did not have a son.' The actress further said 'children are God's gift and no one has right to harm a little child or take anyone's life', she then urged' I think the country needs to sit up and take notice about saving the girl child. In today's time people should not think that women are less than men. I don't think it is like that today. Basically, it is wrong and illiterate attitude', she then concluded 'It is very important and essential to join the 'Save & Empower the Girl Child' initiative. It is a nice cause and I am happy to be here to support it'.
Event show stopper, Sushmita Sen said,' I am happy that Lilavati Hospital is doing this. They are doing this initiative for saving the girl child, which is a powerful thing. I am happy that so many people are here to support, and I am blessed to be here, she further said 'there are very strong laws and acts in our country but they have not been implemented in the right way. Either the case doesn't start early or if its starts, it gets delayed. We are all examples of the fact that given a chance, we prove ourselves. It's a matter of having that faith'.
Designer Manish Malhotra said, 'A baby girl is one of the most beautiful miracles in one's life. This is an opportunity to reach out to people at large. So I am not just dressing celebrities and models but respected doctors and politicians too, the show is about real people. Everyone has come forward with a genuine desire to support and create awareness towards the cause. When it comes to women power. I Am all for it'.
Leading Tennis Player Leander Paes said, 'the best thing we can do to our children is to let live their dreams like my parents did for me' he further waxed eloquent about the role of a woman in a man's life be it a mother, sister or daughter. He then praised significant roles played by his wife Rhea and his lovely daughter in his life's success.
Leading bollywood fashion designer Manish Malhotra presented the grand finale fashion show with Sushmita Sen as the show stopper. Top Bollywood & TV personalities: Zarine & Farah Ali Khan, Neha Dhupia, Shreya Saran, Mandira Bedi, Alka Yagnik & daughter Syesha, Poonam Dhillon, Kolhapure sisters: Padmini-Tejaswini- Shivangi, Anu Ranjan, Krishika Lulla, Deepsikha, Saraa Khan, Dipannita Sharma, Mansi Joshi Roy, Pallavi Joshi, Mini Mathur, Maria Goretti and Komalika Guha walked the ramp to promote the noble cause. Eminent women dignitaries and celebrities who walked the ramp were: designer Shaina NC, astrologer Sunita Menon, Nisha Jamwal, Zeba Kohli and educationists Shefali Bhujbal and Vandana Poddar, also some of the leading doctors of the Lilavati Hospital - Dr.Kiran Coelho, Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, Dr. Rishma Pai, Dr. Priyam Gupta and Dr. Swarna Goyal. The exquisite Jewellery for this special show was provided by Ghena Jewellers and Dia Jewellers.
Some of the celebrities and dignitaries who were in the audience - Leander Paes & Rhea Pillai, Poonam Mahajan, Sameer Bhujbal, Sindu Tai Sakpal, Maharashtra Heath Secretary -Mr. J. K. Banthia, ,Shraddha Kapoor, Lucky Morani, Sheetal Mafatlal, Aashish Chaudhary, Renuka Shahane, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Shama Sikander, Alex O' Neil, Sheeba, Siddhant Kapoor, Poonam Soni, Abha Singh, Neeita Bhonsle and many more.
Earlier in the show an all woman band headed by ace tabla player Anuradha Pal and a dance performance by Vani Ganapaty were also the highlights of the evening. Veteran actress Poonam Dhillon coordinated and anchored the entire show.
The event is the first of a series of strategic efforts to be undertaken to Save and Empower the Girl Child, said the organizers. A series of free medical camps will be conducted on the last Saturday of every month as part of this special initiative by doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre. These medical camps will include eye check-ups, dental check-ups, nutrition camps and overall health check-ups.
'Save & Empower the Girl Child' Campaign - some facts at glance:
In India, in the last 20 years, about 10 million girls have been killed by their parents either before or after they were born. The average death rate for girls under the age of one year was 72 per 1000 compared to 55 per 1000 among boys. The proportion of girls who are able to attend school in India continues to remain low. 54% females are literates compared to 76% males. The child sex ratio (determined between the age 1 day to 6 years) has declined to 914 from 2001 value of 927. The child sex ratio is lowest since our independence in 1947. It has been continuously reducing for the last 50 years. A closer look at the detailed demographics would reveal that the child sex ratio is less than 900 in 8 states across India - including the two biggest states - UP and Maharashtra.
The Government of India has taken steps to empower the girl child. These include free and compulsory education for the girl child and enacting laws against dowry. What is more important is to have a mindset revolution. So are you ready to take the first step to save and empower the Girl Child with us...