The objectives of marking the day as National Girl Child Day are to make people aware of the rights of girl children, to increase awareness and discussion on the discrimination and atrocities against girls and to sensitise the public about the importance of education for girls and female health, hygiene, and nutrition.
Several people took to microblogging site Twitter to express their views on National Girl Child Day. Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu urged everyone to pledge that every girl child is educated and trained so that women of India are empowered. He further wrote, “Educating a girl is equivalent to educating a family.”
Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani wrote, “Today is a day to celebrate fortitude and accomplishments of every girl child. On National Girl Child Day, let us reaffirm our pledge to end discrimination against our girls and empower them with equal opportunities.”
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju also took to Twitter on the occasion. He said that all the centres of Sports Authority of India are celebrating the day with the theme ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’.
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