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Posted at: Jan 2, 2016, 2:04 AM; last updated: Jan 2, 2016, 1:35 AM (IST)

City social activist among 100 women achievers

Selected by Centre in collaboration with Facebook

Dr Harshindar Kaur was declared the “Steel Woman of India” by Doordarshan. She is the daughter of the late Sikh scholar Prof Pritam Singh and granddaughter of freedom fighter Prof Sahib Singh.

  • She is a member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences. She has penned the book “Female Foeticide - A Curse”. The film, “Tamanna”, was based on the book. Another film, “Roaring Silence”, is in the offing in Hollywood, the royalty from which, as per the contract, will be used for the welfare of poor Punjabi girls. The documentaries showing her work have been aired in Netherlands and Canada.
  • She has written 35 books on child psychology, balanced diet and the importance of mother tongue. She has also written stories for children. One of her books regarding diseases of children has been published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
City social activist among 100 women achievers
Dr Harshindar Kaur

Gagan K Teja

Tribune News Service

Patiala, January 1

A renowned paediatrician and social activist, Dr Harshindar Kaur, has been named among 100 women achievers by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Welfare in collaboration with Facebook for contributing towards the improvement in the child sex ratio. She raised her voice against dowry and worked against female foeticide for the past 20 years.

The women achievers were selected through nomination and voting. She is a UN-recognised fighter against female foeticide and for the rights of women. Her talk on female foeticide was selected as the best talk in the International Radio Festival of Iran.

She formed Dr Harsh Charitable Trust in 2008. She is the honorary president while her husband Dr Gurpal Singh is the honorary secretary of the trust. For the past seven years, the trust has taken up the responsibility of the education of 338 poor girls whose parents are unable to pay for their education.    

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