According to the story, Dr. Bhagwan Pawar came up with the idea to help hundreds of girls in the country of India to change their names. The reason for the name change is that these girls were all named something like “Nakusa” or “Nakushi” which means “unwanted” in the Hindi language.
Because of cultural expectations there is a preference to male children over females, so much so that hospitals are forbidden to reveal the gender of the unborn child in order to prevent abortions based on gender selection. After a family has had a couple of female children, subsequent baby girls will be given names that mean unwanted. So these children must grow up with the awareness that they are unwanted people.
As a result, Dr. Pawar and his associates are conducting ceremonies to help these girls named “Unwanted” to change their names like “Vaishali” which means “prosperous, beautiful, and good.”
I wanted to share this with my readers because I think its a wonderful story of justice. I can’t imagine what it must be like to know I am an unwanted person but I’m thankful for people like Dr. Pawar who are helping to restore the beauty that belongs to these girls as people created in the image of God.