Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday advocated giving equal rights to women from all faiths and appealed to people to stop discriminating between a girl and a boy and protect "Sitas of our homes".
"The discrimination between daughters and sons signifies the Ravan mentality. Be it educated, uneducated, poor, rich, urban, rural, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian...They can be from different economic or social backgrounds, but daughters should get equal rights," he said at a Dussehra event in Lucknow.
"Today is the World Girl Child Day. On this day, I want people to stop discriminating against the girl child and protect Sita of our home," the Prime Minister said.
Appealing people to save the girl child, he said, "We burn effigies of Ravan, who took away Goddess Sita, every year and the tradition will continue. We should also protect the Sita of our home by stop discriminating between a girl and a boy. How many Sitas we kill in the womb?...We should celebrate more when a girl child is born."
Acknowledging the feat achieved by sportswomen at Olympics, Modi said, "At the Rio Olympics, our daughters made the country proud. Women of the 21st century should get justice."