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About Dr. Sudha Kankariya

A woman with a social cause Dr Sudha Kankaria, is a famous name in Maharashtra, not only as a medical doctor but as women for the mission of save girl child in India. She is the pioneer of National Movement Beti Bachav i.e. Save Girl Child movement in India. She started this movement 30 years back. She has won millions of hearts all over the nation and world for her nation building work for social health in India.

Indian society is still biased against girl child who is treated with disrespect and even prevented from arriving in this world. Female feticide is very big problem in India. A preference of boys led to a rise in the abortion of female feticide, as well as neglect the baby girls.

To overcome this big problem Dr. Sudha has develop the many new concepts like Gramsabha resolutions, Fix deposit, some rupees amount for new born baby girl. One Rupee Magic schemes, Facilitation of the parents of baby girl child, Renaming of the unwanted girls Nakoshi, Health Education for all, 8th Oath vow by bride bridegroom in mass marriage ceremonies, ANC tracking project, Awareness about STOP sex selection and selective abortion and the mass oath concepts in society.

She created 11point action plan, Aathwa Fera Stree Janmachya Swagtacha, 8th Vow for welcome girl child, similarly Nakoshi la karuya Havishi, Renaming of Unwanted girls. With this she made new rules for society. Till today more than 1000 Nakoshi became Havishi and more than 10 thousand couples took the Aathva Fera 8th Vow in mass marriage ceremony. Throughout the country this movement got a good response. Rajasthan Health Ministry gave instruction about 8th Vow during marriages, Hariyana Chief Minister granted help for same.

Dr. Sudha Kankaria

Dr Sudhatai accommodated more than 20 lakhs peoples in this movement through the collective common oath. Taking a collective common oath at the same time on the occasion of Independence Day creates the new history.Thousands of Resolution has been passed by Many Gramsabhas, Credit co-operative societies, Colleges and Schools Ladies Club, Saving groups, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Corporations, Sugar Factories, Rotary club, Lions Club, Sakhimanch and many other organisation participated and passed the resolution.

Taking all the Universities together she created awareness among the young generation. For social awakening and people education Dr Sudhatai wrote books Stree Janmache Swagat Kara Margdarshika, Beti Nahi To Bahu Kahanse Laoge, Priya Godulis, Stree Surksha etc.

She worked as member of PCPNDT National Inspection Monitoring Committee and PCPNDT state advisory committee of state government. She is the brand ambassador of Swacha Bharat Abhiyan.

From 2005 Dr Sudhatai started an effective project that is ANC Tracking. Means the registration of pregnant ladies and counselling them about girl child. She has trained Aanganwadi tai and Aashatai of Zilha Parishad for the same. Now a days registration of pregnant women becomes online.

Dr Sudhatai decided to make this movement very strong by involving every part of society Doctors, Womans, Youngsters, NSS and NCC student of college, Volunteer Organisation, Woman saving groups, Anganwadi helpers, Public representatives, Journalist, Industrialists, Workers, Health and education department, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Indian Jain organisation and Rotary, Lions, Warkari.

She gave guidance in the workshop arranged together by reputed organisation UNICEF and Shivaji University Kolhapur. She made awareness in young generation in not only in Pune University but also in many Universities. She addressed to youngsters for that male female equality, No dowry and welcome of girl child birth. Many youngsters came forward for taking Aathva Fera 8th Vow in marriage.

Poster Exhibition, Rallies, Signature Campaign, Radio and TV Talks, Articles in newspaper, Drama and Poems Presentation, One Rupee Magic Scheme etc create the mass awareness and public education in society at large. All Indian festivals are link with such awareness programmes. Renaming of unwanted girl project is well appreciated every were and abroad also. Print and electronic media of abroad publish this work. German Television had appreciated her work and Radio channel of California took her interview. Two presidents praised her work. In 2007 Nirmalgram award by President Dr Abdul Kalam and in 2008 President Pratibhatai Patil praised her work about save girl child. International council held in Europe invited her for Penolope Gandhi Conference and University of Mountain felicitated her. Savitribai Phule University Pune Pratibhatai Patil gave her Jivansadhana Gaurav Award for the same.


Dr. Sudha’s work in various fields has attracted the attention of academic world in India and abroad, from common man to international forums and associations of medical professional. She is recognized and appreciated for her work with awards and position in the hearts of the masses. A glance at her work of more than 30 years and rain of awards more than 130 shows how relentlessly she has devoted herself for the cause of girl child and women’s rights towards healthy society.


Government of Maharashtra felicitated Dr Sudha for her Save Girl Child mission with hands of Health Minister Dr Vimaltai Mundada on 11 July 2008 in Pune, Government of Maharashtra honours for Eye Donation movement with hands of Health Minister Vimaltai Mundada on 11th June 2008 in Mumbai, Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holakar award by Maharashtra government, Presidents special award by Indian Medical Association, The Human Resources and Development Institution Nagpur has offered her Manavata Bhushan Puraskar on 12 June 2011, Vidhyak Karykarti Award given by Anti dowry organisation Mumbai, Sahyadri Navratna Hirakani Puraskar by DD Sahydri Wahini, Karbharani Achievement by Sakal newspaper, Samaj Bhushan Award by Marathi Vrutya Lekhak Sangh Maharashtra Mumbai, Tararani Kasturi Sanman by corporation Kolhapur and Kasturi club Pudhari, Unch Maza Zoka award by Zee Marathi, Strishakti award by Dainik Navbharat, Lokmat Icon award, Samata Gaurav Award by Kiran Bedi from Navkiran Navjyoti Foundation Delhi, For Indian Classical Dance, Drama Nrtya-Tilaka Award, Bramhi-Sundari Award with the hands of Film artist Jayaprada. Bhagini Gaurav Puraskar, Gaurav Maharashtra Award, Swanand Samaj Bhushan Award, Dr Mebal Arole award, Adhyakavi Maharshi Valmiki Award, Alka Joshi Mahila Purskar, President of Women Literature conference, Suryadutta Excellence Award, Smt Kalantriakka Award, SamajBhushan Purskar, Kasturiratna Award, Savitribai Phule Award, Ramabai Ambedkar Award, Ahinsa Award, Girna Gaurav award, Mauli Anandi Award, Shikhar Sanman, Adv. Minakshidevi Jaiswal Gaurav Award, Outstanding young Personality Award by Jesis International.

National :-

His Highness, President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam awarded her with Nirmal gram award for her rural development work on May 4, 2007. Her Highness President of India Smt Pratibhatai Patil specially appreciated her work for the movement Save Girl Child in 2008. She was awarded Jeevan Sadhna Gourav award by the Savitribhai Phule Pune University at the hands of former President of India, Smt. Pratibhatai Patil in Pune in 2016. National award of Shiromani at the hands of Pandit Jasraj, Vishva Ratan award at the hands of renowned scientist Dr. Vijay Bhatkar. National Polio Plus certificate by National Polio Plus Committee Rotary International.

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International :-

  1. She was Guest of Honour at the University of Mountains in Europe at Penelope Gandhi Conference, and was felicitated as Woman of Excellence for her contribution to the movement of Save girl child in India by Director of UNESCO Ms Eleni Glikatzi Alrweiler. This occasion was graced by the presence of Father of LASIK surgery Prof Ioannis Pallikaris and Mrs Barbara Terzarki Pallikaris who was convener of the conference which was held in Greece.
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  3. During her tour of Europe, she was resource person on Science and Silence in Universities and colleges and gave demonstration on yoga and meditation.
  4. The German Television and California Radio and Create Television and Daily TANEA newspaper in Greece also televised and broadcasted her interviews on the subject of Save Girl Child
  5. Dr. Sudha Kankaria presented a research paper at an International Conference on Spirituality and Social Service organized by Center for Study in Rural Development, Institute of Social Work Ahmednagar, which was highly appreciated. The work about Renaming of Unwanted Girl Nakoshi is appreciated by print media abroad.
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