The National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India every year on January 24. First initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the National Girl Child Day aims to promote awareness on a range of issues including education, health, and nutrition.
The government, through schemes like ‘Dhanalakshmi’, has introduced various measures to strengthen the status of the girl child in the society. Launched by the Women and Child Development, the ‘Dhanalakshmi’ scheme ensures that basic needs of the girl child such as immunization, birth registration and school maintenance are taken care of till Class 8.
Other measures like the Prohibition of Child Marriage Restraint Act 2006, Pre- Conception & Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act 1994, Domestic Violence Act 2009, POCSO Act 2012, etc were introduced to stop various injustices against the girl child.
Here is a list of some of these shining daughters of India:
1) Ayesha Aziz – Youngest pilot in India
Ayesha hails from Kashmir and currently holds two tags. She received the student pilot license at the age of 16. She is also the first female pilot from Kashmir. She flew a MIG-29 fighter jet at Russia’s Sokul airbase in January 2012, and also a Cessna 172R aircraft. Currently, she is a member of the Indian Women Pilots’ Association (IWPA) and pilots single-engine Cessna 152 and Cessna 172 aircraft.
2) Malavath Poorna – Youngest female to climb Mount Everest
At the age of 13 years and 11 months, Malavath Poora climbed the highest peak of Mount Everest and became the youngest girl to have reached the summit of Everest. Malavath was born in an agricultural family in Telangana with a meagre income, but she didn’t let it come in between her dreams. Malavath was one among the 150 children who were chosen for adventure sports by the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society.
3) Priyanshi Somani – Also known as the ‘human calculator’,
Priyanshi is an award winner for mental calculation. She was the youngest to participate in the Mental Calculation World Cup 2010 and won the overall title. She was the only participant who has had 100 per cent accuracy in addition, multiplication, and square root in all five Mental Calculation World Cups. Her name is also in the Limca Book of World Records as well as the Guinness Book of World Records.
4) Sushma Verma – Youngest postgraduate
Daughter of a sanitation worker, Sushma Verma is a born genius. She completed her MSc Microbiology at the age of 15. She competed with students who were nine years elder to her and topped. In June 2007, she was recorded in Limca book of records for being the youngest matriculate in India. She even came first in the IQ test that was held in Japan where she outranked 35 other participants.
5) P Sanjana
P Sanjana is a 3-year-old Kindergarten student from Chennai who attempted Guinness world records in 2018 by shooting 1,111 arrows on a target eight metres away. She is young but doesn’t shy away from telling the world that she wants to win gold in the Olympics.