Ganeshotsav this year is not just a festival of celebrations; it is the festival of giving and highlighting work undertaken for social causes. India‘s current gender ratio is not something we all would be proud of; there still are thousands of girls‘ killed at birth or murdered even before they are born. Various non-governmental organizations at the grassroots level undertake initiatives against this crime. In a special initiative by IBN Lokmat, five such organizations have been recognized in Maharashtra - Vitthalrao Joshi Charity Trust (Ratnagiri), Jalgaon Jilha Mahila Association (Jalgaon), Aadhar Bahuuddeshy Sanstha (Kolhapur), Savitribai Phule Mahila vikas Sanstha (Aurangabad) and Zashichi Raani Bahuuddeshiy Gramin Vikas Sanstha (Yavatmal). In a plea to help these institutes in any voluntary way possible this Ganeshotsav, IBN Lokmat has taken up with this worthy initiative. Viewers can know more about this noble cause and help them willingly, to know more tune in to IBN Lokmat on Sunday, 30th September 2012 at 10 am and 8:30 pm.

The crime of female foetus aborting is widespread not only in rural areas but in urban areas too.  With the help of new techniques it has become possible to determine the sex of the unborn baby or the foetus, and if it is found to be a girl child than, this is followed by abortion. Clinics offering such service have come up all over the country. For the doctors with sex identification equipments the said illegal business is booming beyond imagination. Despite many laws framed to deal with the issue, government agencies have been unable to keep in check the illegal abortions performed by medical practioners.

Selective abortion has been in existence ever since gender-identification became possible through ultrasound technology. It is estimated that the birth of nearly 10 million girls may have been prevented by selective abortions in the past 20 years. The gender composition in India has worsened in last few decades. Demographically the sex ratio has increased from 927 females per 1000 males to 933 from the Census of 1991 to that of 2001, however, this ratio is alarmingly decreasing among children in the age group of 0-6. 

Girls' education and economic independence are becoming key solutions against the taboo. Viewers can responsibly do their bit for the society by helping in any way possible. To know more about this noble cause and its activities, tune in to IBN Lokmat on Sunday, 30th September 2012 at 10 am and 8:30 pm.