We live in a country where birth of a daughter is not celebrated but moaned. Let’s accept it with a pinch of salt that even in this day and age we are a male dominated society that only wishes for birth of boys. Yet there are some corners in India that inspire the world with their mindset and traditions.
Piplantri Village in Rajasthan is one such exemplary example which does not only embrace the birth of a daughter but also has come up with a beautiful tradition of planting 111 trees every time a girl is born.
This wonderful tradition does not only show their love for the girl child but also for the green cover.
An excellent move to target two beautiful creations of god!
Village residents collect Rs. 21,000 between themselves and Rs. 10,000 from the girl’s parents. This sum of Rs. 31,000 is made into a 20-year fixed deposit for the girl. Parents are legally bound by a signed affidavit stating that their daughter will receive proper education. The affidavit also states that the girl should be married only after she reaches legal age and the trees planted after her birth have been correctly looked after well. Villagers claim there has not been any police case here for the last 7 to 8 years.
This unique tradition was first suggested by the village’s former leader, Shyam Sundar Paliwal, in honour of his daughter Who passed away at the tender age of six. In the last 6 years, over a quarter of a million trees have been planted.
This is one of the most heartwarming efforts by any community. We believe it’s a revolution in itself and bravo! to the men and women of this village who have managed to motivate and inspire all of us!!