Every culture has traditions for newborns. For many of us, we’ve seen baby showers. For a village called Piplantri they plant 111 tress for every baby girl that is born. This is a unique achievement in a state where female foeticide is rampant and the sex ratio is one of the most skewed in the country.
Piplantri may as well re-named ‘pi-plant-tree’.
Violence against women derived from these attitudes is still a heated topic in India. The documentary “India’s Daughters,” was recently banned due to its upfront portrayal of rape and abuse in the country.
This amazing custom was started by 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 nonetheless.
When a girl is born, village members band together to raise a sort of “trust” for the girl. The parents contribute one-third of the sum of 31,000 Rupees, equivalent to $500, and the money is set aside as a 20-year fund for the girl. This ensures that she will never be considered a financial burden for her parents…ReadMore