• Gender Parity,  World Around Me

    The Curious Case of the Missing Girls

    “Munde Khet vich, Kudi ret visch… “- A boy is meant for the fields, a girl is for the sand. So goes a saying, in many remote parts of Punjab.  As I walked on the dusty road of Ratoke on a hot summer day, the grim reality of this saying hit me hard. The village of Ratoke, close to the Indo-Pak border, has an Average Sex Ratio of 840, far lower than the national average. I met Manjit Kaur here at a decent shanty off the highway. Manjit a true bred Punjabi, has been working at the grass root level across the state. She has been interacting with the women…