Dr Ganesh Rakh's inspiring mission to save girls in India

Dr Ganesh Rakh
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An Indian doctor is on a unique mission to save the female child - he cancells fees whether it\'s a girl who is born in his hospital. Dr Ganesh Rakh calls it his \"tiny contribution\" to improving the lot of the girl child in a country where a traditional preference for boys and an easy antenatal sex screening has resulted in a distorted gender ratio.

An Indian doctor is on a unique mission to save the female child - he cancells fees whether it's a girl who is born in his hospital. Dr Ganesh Rakh calls it his "tiny contribution" to improving the lot of the girl child in a country where a traditional preference for boys and an easy antenatal sex screening has resulted in a distorted gender ratio.

In 1961, there were 976 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of seven. According to the latest census figures released in 2011, that figure decreased down to 914.

Dr Rakh, who started a small hospital in the western city of Pune in 2007, says that each time a pregnant woman came for delivering, all her relatives would come hoping that the baby would be a boy.

"The biggest challenge for a doctor is to tell relatives that a patient has died. For me, it was equally difficult to tell families that they'd had a daughter," he says.

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