Indian village takes on female feticide with trees

Apr 06, 2018, 8:29 AM EDT
(Source: Pepe Pont/flickr)
(Source: Pepe Pont/flickr)

Many regions in India, including both rural and urban, still stigmatize female birth, considering girls as a burden, courtesy evils like hefty dowries and the misogynistic, patriarchal mindset deeply rooted in the social fabric.

A village, called Piplantri, in the state of Rajasthan, dared to challenge the status quo as it began celebrating the birth of girl child by planting 111 trees in her honor, a tradition that has bestowed the community with rich green legacy and clean air over a decade, writes Earther.

The local governing body, called panchayat, collaborates with women self-help groups, elderly ladies, grandmothers, aunts etc. to take care of plants, which can be monetized at the time of girl’s wedding, notes The Better India.