Indian Village Celebrates the Birth of a Female By Planting 111 Trees


This is a heart-warming and inspiring story of young and old inhabitants of Piplantri Village, in India’s Rajasthan state, who have set an example for the country as well the world to emulate. India’s sex ratio is out of whack (as per the Census of 2011, it is 940 females to every 1000 males) and the birth of a female is rarely celebrated in this part of the planet.

In a country where a female baby is often killed inside the womb, this village stands apart – people here not only embrace their daughters but have created a revolution of sorts by making a conscious effort to save female children, as well as the green cover, by planting 111 trees every time a girl is born.

To ensure financial security, village residents collect INR 21,000 between themselves and INR 10,000 from the female child’s parents. The total is deposited in a bank for a period of 20 years to help the girl when she is grown up. To make sure that girl receives proper education, the villagers make the parents sign an affidavit, which also restricts them from marrying her off before she attains the legal age for marriage.

The community ensures that the trees survive, attaining fruition as the girl grows up. To protect the trees from termites, the residents have planted 2.5 million aloe vera plants around them. These trees, and the aloe vera plants, are now a source of livelihood for many residents. Apart from selling the fruits, the community now produces and markets aloe-based products like juice and gel, among other things.

In the past 8 years, a quarter of a million trees have been planted. The village is covered with Neem, Mango, Amla and Sheesham trees leading to a higher water level. The village leader has completely banned alcohol, open grazing of animals and cutting of trees. Villagers claim there has not been any police case here for the last 7-8 years.


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