Bhopal: Advocating capital punishment for the crime of rape, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has sought people’s cooperation in saving girl child through his Beti Bachao Abhiyan.

The Chief Minister, who on Monday launched the Jan Jagriti Yatra from Datiya district, also offered prayers to the five girl children. On the occasion, he also fed over 250 girls.      

He said, “Beti Bachao Abhiyan is the need of society. The people are required to change their attitude towards the girl child. The government expects desired cooperation from people in increasing the number of girl child.”

Citing the issue of continuous declining sex ratio leading to gender imbalance in society, he said it will make adverse impact on the social fabric in near future.   

“We are focusing on three major points namely creating awareness among the people, encouraging the families having girl child and checking atrocities against women,” he informed.

Stressing on a national policy for Beti Bachao Abhiyan, Chouhan said, “I will request the Central government in this regard.”

The Chief Minister’s wife, Sadhana Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra, State Minister for Women and Child Development Ranjana Baghel, BJP state unit chief Prabhat Jha and Gwalior Mayor Samiksha Gupta were among others who graced the occasion.