Raksha: An initiative by radiologists to save a girl child

‘Save the girl child’ and ‘Laadli’ are some of the social initiatives to wage a war against female foeticide which aims at protecting, safeguarding, supporting, and educating the girl child. Similarly, the radiologists have also joined the bandwagon and are about launch an initiative ‘Raksha’ on October 29, 2017, at Aurangabad as a part of a Continuing Medical Education programme. And will be followed by a week-long activity from November 5 to 12, across the state

Raksha: An initiative by radiologists to save a girl child

It’s a saying that ‘a Daughter is not ‘tension’ but is equal to 10 sons’. And acting promptly to it, the Maharashtra State Branch of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (MSBIRIA) has come up with a social initiative — ‘Raksha’ — and has started a week-long campaign around the Roentgen Discovery Day of 2017 to increase awareness on saving a girl child.

‘Raksha’ aims at uplifting the self-esteem of the girl child by educating her and providing her with means to pursue a way and to earn income, so that she is not dependent on the male section of the society for her basic needs and survival.

Dr Sona Pungavkar
Dr Sona Pungavkar

The initiative, ‘Raksha’, is the brainchild of Dr Sona Pungavkar, a consultant radiologist and central council member of MSBIRIA. Dr Pungavkar believes that a women needs support and she should be treated equally. “On November 8, every year, radiologists, healthcare and industry workers related to the field celebrate the discovery of X-rays. The campaign revolves around the theme ‘Radiologist for the girl child’. Majority of the radiologists, in these days, are women and a lot of us have only girl child and we are proud of both facts. Hence, we radiologists do recognise the importance of the girl in the society. Dr Aniruddha Kulkarni is leading the initial launch in Aurangabad, at Rajendra Rao CME,” she said.

Adding further she said, “The radiology association is the one who gets blamed because of the sex determination. So, we thought to clear our image.”

Dr Jignesh Thakker, past president Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) said, “Dr Sona Pungavkar came up with the idea and was of the opinion that something has to be done with regards to protecting a girl child. So now, we have a special cell and we will take up some activities across India emphasising on saving the girl child.”

Raksha: An initiative by radiologists to save a girl child

Dr Pungavkar concluded by saying, “At the same time, we are aware that certain sections in the Indian society do not favour girl child. So in our own little way, we are trying to bring about a change at the grass-roots level by promoting and supporting the girl children in the state of Maharashtra in the urban, suburban and rural areas and across India.”

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