Say No to Patriarchy: In UP’s Muzaffarnagar, Houses Now Proudly Display Names of Girls on Nameplates

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Say No to Patriarchy: In UP’s Muzaffarnagar, Houses Now Proudly Display Names of Girls on Nameplates

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

Uttar Pradesh often gets a bad rap for its failure to protect its women. And the Hathras horror has only highlighted the spate of girls in the state. However, the state’s Muzaffarnagar district has taken a small yet heartening step in a bid to smash patriarchy and promote gender equality. Hundreds of homes in the district have installed nameplates with the names of their daughters on it, according to a report in The Times of India.  

The campaign was launched two months ago by the t Department of Women and Child Development to raise awareness about equality. So far, more than 200 houses in the district have participated in the campaign.In houses that do not have a girl child, the family has been encouraged to put the names of other women in the fall on plaques. “The families with no daughters were told to put names of their women members. Like people can put names of their wives on the nameplate,” District Probation Officer Mohammad Mushfakeen told The Times of India.


This campaign is reportedly inspired by villages in Haryana and Punjab. In Nuh, a village in Haryana, around 250 houses adopted a similar practice last year, in a move to emphasise that the girl child matters.

Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh are among the states with the worst male to female sex ratios because of deeply rooted prejudice toward the girl child. One can hope that this campaign that acknowledges the girl child is not mere lip-service and plays a role in altering these biases.

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