Actor Amitabh Bachchan. (File Photo: IANS)
Actor Amitabh Bachchan. (File Photo: IANS)

The government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign is a way towards women empowerment, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan today said as he stressed on the importance of protecting and nurturing the girl child.

Speaking about this campaign of the government, which is celebrating its second anniversary by hosting a grand function “Ek Nayi Subah” here, Bachchan said, “It’s time we realise that half of the country’s population can’t be left behind by making them feel neglected and helpless. They should be equal partners in the country’s development.”

Quoting an old Sanskrit mantra, he said that women have been given the foremost place even in our religious beliefs as Saraswati is the symbol of knowledge, Lakshmi of wealth while Durga and Kali represent strength and power.

“In the present scenario, this imagination will become a reality only if the position of a man and a woman is equal in the society. Equal number of daughters should be born as sons
and they should be raised and educated properly so that they are able to play their rightful role in life,” he said.

Bachchan, 73, said the real motive of the new slogan ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ is that there should be no discrimination between a son and a daughter and both should be considered assets of a family and given equal opportunities.

“We should encourage the thought that our families should do everything to protect and nurture the girl child… I consider this slogan a way to take forward the whole society and adopt the right perspective towards our women.

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