A village where nature and nurture come together!
While one is struggling to find some semblance of hope for the dignity and respect of women in the urban areas, a tiny village tucked away in Rajasthan, practices feminism, and also furthers the cause of ecological development. And their novel idea has helped club these two apparently separate causes together into a beautiful amalgamation.
The Piplantri Village, in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan started this system about six years ago, and it was primarily initiated by Shyam Sunder Paliwal, who dedicated this system to the memory of his own daughter, who had passed away. He initiated this when he had been the Sarpanch of the village panchayat, but now, it has become a way of life, and it has evolved into a system which is taken very seriously by the committee, which comprises of the Panchayat members, the Village School Principal as well as the Anganwadi members.
According to the novel program, 111 trees are planted by the villagers, every time a girl is born. This ensures the fact that the girl child is given her due respect, and it teaches the villagers to celebrate the coming of the girl child instead of regretting it. This also ensures the grown of the local ecosystem. For the past six years, about 60 girls have been born every year, and accordingly, a hundred and eleven trees have been planted for each one of them.
The trees are not just planted, they’re also taken care of, by the villagers concerned, and the trees grow up along with the girl. Both the girl child and the trees grow up in a protected environment instead of being felled down. The village also ensures that the girl child’s future is ensured by collecting a small amount which is put up as a fixed deposit for her. This will be ready for the girl after twenty years.
The village committee members agree to the fact that people still regret it when a girl child is born into the family, but the provisions that are made to change that, ensures that female infanticide has gone down in great numbers. And along with the decrease in the killing of the girl child, the village is also being blessed with useful trees such as neem trees, mango trees, sheesham trees, and others.
The committee keeps a very close eye of child births in order to ensure the fact that every girl child gets her due right to live.
The system ensures not just the well being of the girl, but also the increase positivity towards the child. It also tries to ensure a good future for the girl, which is generally seen as being the privilege of the male gender. But most importantly, the system celebrates the girl child. It celebrates a gender which is struggling for such a position. It amalgamates into a beautiful celebration of mother nature and her gender.