Fighting for girl child's rights a priority: Sharmila

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 03, 2008 04:55 hrs

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore says fighting for the rights of girl children, especially by educating them, is one of her prime concerns.

Speaking at a function organised by the NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) Friday, Sharmila said: "I have been involved in supporting many socially relevant issues and fighting for the girl child is one of my prime concerns.

"If we educate our girls, they will be empowered to fight against injustice and fight for their rights."

CRY, along with IT company Cadence Design Systems, organised the event to felicitate the sponsors of the CRY Cadence Corporate Cricket Challenge that mobilised the corporate fraternity for the cause of eliminating discrimination against the girl child.

Sharmila said: "CRY and Cadence blended a wonderful combo of cricket and children to fight for a cause.

"The government proclaims that a happy girl child is the future of India. But the girl child continues to suffer and her struggle starts in her mother's womb itself.

"The situation in our country is bleak and the solution lies with families with daughters and the civil society," she said.

Sharmila also signed the CRY Girl Child Rights Charter, which has already been signed by over 2,000 people in the past two months. This charter will be sent to the ministry of women and child development once it has 10,000 signatures.

Acclaimed theatre personality Lushin Dubey received a standing ovation for her heart wrenching performance in a play called Untitled that was staged as part of the event.

The play, directed by Arvind Gaur who heads a Delhi based theatre group Asmita, depicted the poor state of women in India. Indian women cricketers Anjum Chopra and Jaya Sharma were present on the occasion.

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