Second UPSC topper Anu Kumari to become Beti Bachao Beti Padhao brand ambassador

A corporate employee for close to a decade, it was 31-year-old Anu Kumari’s yearning for “a sense of contentment in life” that paved the way for her to crack the toughest competitive exam in the country in her second attempt.

The second rank holder and the topper among women candidates in the civil services examination this year, Ms. Kumar has been named the brand ambassador for the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ programme in her home district Sonipat by the Haryana government. “Ms. Kumari has emerged as an inspiration in changing the mindset of people towards the girl child,” said Haryana’s Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain.

Haryana sees the lowest number of girl children born in India with female foeticide and infanticide still rampant. In 2011, the sex ratio in Haryana was 879 girls for every 1000 boys. In Sonipat, 856 girls are born for every 1000 boys.

Kumari achieved this rank in her second attempt. According to an NDTV report, she is a devoted mother. She not only fulfilled her household responsibilities but took out 10-12 hours every day for exam preparation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme along with the Sukanya Samriddhi account programme in January 2015 in a bid to do away with skewed sex ratio and promote education for girl children. The initiative aims to improve the sex ratio; there are 980 girls per 1000 boys in India.