23 Oct '11, 3am

More than 200 Indian girls, whose names mean 'unwanted' in Hindi, choose new names to get fresh start in life

More than 200 Indian girls, whose names mean 'unwanted' in Hindi, choose new names to get fresh start in life

More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean 'unwanted' in Hindi chose new names on Saturday for a fresh start in life. -- PHOTO: AP MUMBAI, India (AP) - More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean 'unwanted' in Hindi chose new names on Saturday for a fresh start in life. A central Indian district held a renaming ceremony it hopes will give the girls new dignity and help fight widespread gender discrimination that gives India a skewed gender ratio, with far more boys than girls. The 285 girls - wearing their best outfits with barrettes, braids and bows in their hair - lined up to receive certificates with their new names along with small flower bouquets from Satara district officials in Maharashtra state. In shedding names like 'Nakusa' or 'Nakushi,' which mean 'unwanted' in Hindi, some girls chose to name themselves after Bollywood stars like 'Aishwarya' or Hindu goddesses...

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