by Annie Churdar in New Eco on Tuesday 30 April 2013

In a culture where women are severely undervalued, the people of Piplantri village in India decided to take a stand. They found a way to put a measurable value on the lives of their women. For every baby girl born, 111 trees are planted. And not only that, but actual legal measures are taken to protect the girls. 

‘We make these parents sign an affidavit promising that they would not marry her off before the legal age, send her to school regularly, and take care of the trees planted in her name’, says Mr. Paliwal, the village’s former sarpanch Shyam. It’s a refreshing picture of new life being born.