The bike rally, which will see a participation by 75 male bikers and 25 female bikers, was flagged off by iconic female biker Shabnam Akhtar from Qutub institutional area in New Delhi. During the event, Breakthrough also disseminated the survey report of an audit conducted amongst school and college going students in Haryana. The audit aimed to point out the fact that there are women missing from communities because of prolonged practice of gender biased sex selection in communities. The survey results clearly suggest that women are missing from schools, colleges, work places and public places.
The State of Haryana has the lowest child sex ratio in the country with girls for every boys. I already knew about this problem in India, but I have to say that I have discovered it a few months ago, when I watched a documentary on TV. As a foreigner, the fact that babies or fetuses can be removed from this world because of their biological sex seems kind of surreal to me. Even if gender discrimination is universal, I had never thought of it this way. Seeing all those bikers on a Sunday morning at AM ready to go to Rohtak to make a point about the gender-biased sex ratio was really impressive.