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Dr Ganesh Rakh

Dr. Ganesh Rakh

A common man.

A doctor by profession who studied hard to reach where he is today.

A father.

Dr. Ganesh Rakh is our next door guy. Simple, living his life, looking for a change in the way things are and willing to do his bit to make our society a better place. When the figures from 2011 census were disclosed, Ganesh realized the seriousness of the situation. There were just 914 girls for every 1000 boys under the age of seven.

Being a doctor and that too an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, he had seen how people wanted a male child. How people would be excited to know that a boy was born and would celebrate and share the joy. But when a girl was born, they would think of the little soul as a burden for life.

While the government initiated Save the Girl Child Campaign, Dr. Ganesh Rakh initiated his own in 2012 his hospital in Pune. In Marathi – Mulgi Vachva Abhiyan has till date done a lot of positive messaging and delivered girls for free.

Yes, you heard it right!

In this hospital, all charges are waived off if a girl child is born. The hospital staff quickly gets going and celebrates with cakes and flowers whenever a precious little angel steps into the world. Over the last four years, 464 girls have been born in his hospital and not a single penny has been charged.

In his own words, “I want to change attitudes – of people, doctors. The day people start celebrating a daughter’s birth, I’ll start charging my fee again. Otherwise, how will I run my hospital?”

This story made me smile. It told me that you don’t need big opportunities to make a difference. Small ones surround us every day and they have the potential to change the world one day.

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17 Responses

  1. rajlakshmi says:

    I had goosebumps while reading about him. Salute to the Doctor, he truly is a samaritan.

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  2. Rekha says:

    Indeed a true samaritan. We need more of his tribe.
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  3. Shalini says:

    What a noble thing to do 🙂
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  4. Soumya says:

    All charges waived when a girl is born? WOW!

    We need more hospitals like this.

  5. Dashy says:

    Hats off to Dr.Ganesh Rakh, very few people are as large hearted as he is…if mindsets need to be changed, we all must do our bit of work for the same. And this doctor has been doing exactly that. A true inspiration indeed.

  6. Vinitha says:

    Great initiative! We need more such people in this world. Recently I happened to meet a group of educated ladies who went on and on about the importance of having a baby boy. Sickened me! I had to leave from there.

  7. sulekha says:

    What a great man! I am sure he doesn’t bother about awards and publicity, just being human, a true human. Lovely post.

  8. Such people doing a difference to the world brings a smile to my face…truly Mulgi Vachva Abhiyan

  9. Erica says:

    What a beautiful and uplifting read, Thanks for sharing. I needed some positivity today.

  10. Shilpa Garg says:

    Have read about him. Kudos to the doc… may his tribe increase!

  11. Geets says:

    I read about him a while ago and he truly is an awe-inspiring soul! May all his efforts bring light one day!


  12. It really is sad that there are many people still who need incentives like free medical care just to allow a girl to be born in this world! 🙁
    I do hope the day soon arrives when Dr. Ganesh starts charging his fee again for the birth of a girl child. That will truly be the day when the cake must be cut and births be rejoiced 🙂

  13. Lata Sunil says:

    Its a small step but the impact is really huge for the Dr. It is sad that in our country, we worship the Goddess, we call the girl child a Goddess but we don’t want her.
    I have two sons and my heart yearns for a daughter. All you lucky mothers of daughters.

  14. Kala Ravi says:

    Hats off! This truly is God on earth or one of his angels! So heartwarming to read this Parul Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece!
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  15. BellyBytes says:

    Truly a man who follows a vocation. Thanks for introducing me to such heroes this month
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  16. Kalpana says:

    Wonderful initiative. Very please to read about this. Thanks for sharing Parul.

  17. Sunila Vig says:

    Kudos to the Doc,we need every doctor to go his way, great post Parul, it gave me such a warm and happy glow in the heart 🙂


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