During today’s time when every morning our newspapers welcome us with stories of girls being tormented, raped, killed or harassed in one way or another, there is a village of Rajasthan that revives our hope in the humanity with its goodness.
In the village of Piplantri in Rajasthan, every time a girl child is born, 111 trees are planted in her honor and the community ensures that those trees survive, attaining fruition as the girls grow up.
This honorable initiative was started by the former village leader Shyam Sundar Paliwal to honor his daughter who passed away when she was young. Although Paliwal no longer serves as the village’s leader, the tradition has continued to blossom goodness within the village.
Over the last six years, villagers have managed to plant over a quarter million trees on the village's grazing grounds, including trees like- neem, sheesham, mango, amla among several others.
Apart from the plantation, Families who are reluctant to accept the girl children are identified by the village committee and for them Rs. 21,000 is collected from the village residents and Rs.10,000 from the girl's father and this sum of Rs. 31,000 is made into a fixed deposit for the girl, with a maturity period of 20 years.
Moreover, the parents are made to sign an affidavit promising that they would take care of the trees planted in her name, send her to school and will not marry her before the legal age.
The village has their own website and a special studio-recorded anthem as well. Usage of alcohol is completely banned along with the cutting of trees. The residents seem to look really happy and claim that there haven’t been any crimes reported in the past seven to eight years also.
Isn’t this amazing and we should all take inspiration from!