Medicare Hospital Foundation started a movement “Save Girl Child” on January 3, 2012 on the anniversary of social reformer and women/girls’ rights activist, Savitribai Phule. Based on the latest census (2011), the overall child sex ratio for the state of Maharashtra is 833 girls for 1000 boys and for the district of Pune, it is 873 girls for 1000 boys, while the ideal is 951 girls for 1000 boys. So, there is need for campaigns and stricter implementation of laws.
Medicare Hospital Foundation celebrates the birth of a baby girl in various ways, including waiving the hospital bill, so that the girl is not seen as a financial burden, but an asset. The movement has influenced other doctors, who promised to stop sex determination tests and abortions. Local village leaders in different districts have also pledged to save the girl child in different ways. Ahmednagar’s Karawadi village head held special meeting, and promised to monitor preganant women, reporting cases of female foeticide. In Solapur district, the Vanjarwadi village head announced prize money for those who stop female foeticide. Others passed a resolution to invest money in fixed deposit in a girl child’s name. A doctor following Dr. Ganesh Rakh’s example, said, although it was impossible for him to waive all charges, he charges only half the normal bill.