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I was referred to as burden at my birth, says Irani

PTI 27 Jun 2014, 17:10:28 IST
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Bhopal: Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani today revealed that at the time of her birth, she was cursed as a “burden” by someone.  

“I am sharing it for the first time that when I was born, someone hinted to my mother that beti to bojh hoti hai (daughter is a burden) and therefore she should kill me.

But my mother was brave and she did not do that because of which today I am standing here in front of you,” Irani said when a student asked her about the menace of female foeticide.  Such a malpractice should be curbed and it was a priority programme for the government, she said.