In a shocking incident, Gumara village in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh is going to witness after 40 long years marriage of a girl born there.
According to a report in the 'Hindustan Times', the long wait is due to the fact that the villagers never allowed a girl child to survive as they either got her killed it in the womb or immediately after the birth.
A conspiracy of silence ensured as no one raised the matter to the authorities.However, things began changing after 2003.
That is when the government effectively started implementing the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, enacted by Parliament in 1994.
As per the records given by the women and child development department, the child sex ratio was 10:0 in 1995, 10:2 in 2001 and surged to 10: 7 in 2011.
The fortunate bride, Arti Gurjar, 18, is going to be married in December this year. She was to be married in March 2017, but the ceremony was postponed as a result of her Class 12 exams.
Another girl from the village, Rachna Gurjar will also get married this year. “I don’t have many friends. There are just a few girls of my age in the village. So, I dedicate my whole time to my studies. I want to be a doctor and will continue my studies after the marriage,” Rachna said.
More than being excited about the impending celebration, the elderly men in the village are more interested in hiding it in a bid to gloss over the ugly truth — most families in the village are guilty of killing at least one girl child. When HT team visited the village, Ramsaran Gurjar, a local resident, said it was a conspiracy hatched by some people to give the village a bad name.
But when asked about the last marriage being solemnised there, Ramsaran asked the team to leave the village.
According to women child and development department joint director Suresh Tomar, “After the enactment of the PCPNDT Act, things have changed. The catalyst was the arrest of a former sarpanch for killing his newborn baby-girl.” “Bhind is the only district in MP which has shown growth of 20 points in the sex ratio in the last census. But still it is the third worst district in the state in terms of poor child sex ratio,” he said.