Shillong: As India celebrated National Girl Child Day on Friday, Meghalaya — known for its matrilineal society — saw several mothers accompanied by their children at the U Soso Tham Auditorium to celebrate the occasion.
Organised by the District Task Force of East Khasi Hills under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, the auditorium and the arena of the auditorium saw an impressive crowd.
Meghalaya social welfare secretary MN Nampui graced the occasion as chief guest. East Khasi Hills DC Matsiewdor War was also present at the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Nampui said that the objective of the programme was to create awareness among the people about the problems faced by the girl child in the society and to remove the inequalities faced by them. Highlighting on the importance of health care and overall wellbeing of the children, Nampui urged upon the parents to come forward and administer routine immunisation to their children.
Darishisha Mawroh, one of the attendants at the event, said that in comparison to other states, women in Meghalaya face less challenges and that there is a low rate of girl child discrimination in the state.
Meanwhile, War said that the celebration in Shillong began early morning with a National Girl Child Day Run. More than 17 girls participated in the event.
“This day is aimed at fulfilling certain objectives, spreading awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by girls in the country. To promote awareness about the rights of a girl child, to increase awareness on the importance of girl child education, health and several other issues,” said War.
Other highlights of the day included an exhibition cum sales of women SHG products from different blocks of the district, demo on self-defence, Sukanya Samridhi Yojana Kiosk, exhibition and demo of vocational training products, demonstration of hand washing and pink toilet, growth monitoring of girl child, recipe demo and competition, baby show, dancing and singing competition and games held in the state central library premises.