One Man’s Push for Acceptance of the Girl Child Led to the Creation of This ‘Beti Garden’

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The ‘Shloka Beti Garden’ in Udaipur will give parents and relatives the chance to celebrate the birth of a girl child by planting a sapling.

Badi area of Udaipur is witnessing frenzied activity of late. Construction work is on in full swing, with workers busy trying to bring to life Devendra Agarwal’s dream: a garden that celebrates the birth of daughters.

Two sprawling acres of land on Tiger Hill will soon be converted to the ‘Shloka Beti Garden’ where parents and relatives will be given the chance to celebrate the birth of girl children by planting trees.


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Devendra Agarwal told The Times of India recently, “Our society is prejudiced and people still have priorities for sons. At Beti Garden we aim to make people realize that there is no difference between them. Girls should be welcomed with dignity and love.”

The 1 crore project is funded by contributions made to Devengra’s NGO, Maa Bhagwati Vikas Sansthan. The NGO has been working for the betterment of girls for over nine years now.

Also read: How Milk Banks in Rajasthan Have Saved 1500 Infants From Death and Disease

Devendra Agarwal is also the driving force behind the Divya Mothers’ Milk Bank, that was started in 2013 and is believed to have saved more than 1500 children from malnutrition and certain death.

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