Dr Harshindar Kaur

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Patiala Based Child Specialist and Selfless social worker against Female Foeticide


Some Lesser Known Facts About Dr. Harshinder Kaur:-

  • Dr Harshindar Kaur,known as Dhee Punjab Di (Daughter of Punjab ) and honoured as  STEEL WOMAN OF INDIA by National Doordarshan
  • She is the daughter of late Sikh Scholar Prof Pritam Singh, and grand daughter of freedom fighter and great Sikh scholar, Prof. Sahib Singh and wife of Dr Gurpal Singh working as faculty pediatrician in Government Medical College Patiala,Ex deputy Medical Superintendent of Rajindra Hospital Patiala.
  •  She is a member of National Academy of Medical Sciences and Fellow of The International Medical Science Academy.
  • She has been honored as top 100 women achievers of India by the President of India.
  • In the course of her medical profession her close contact with women and children, apprised of their problems and motivated her to do something unique for them.
  • She felt pained to notice the alarming dimensions of disappearing daughters on account of female feticide and infanticide in many states of India particularly her home state, Punjab.
  • She started delivering lectures on TV, Radio, schools, colleges and through writings on this significant issue and drew the attention of the people to its serious consequences.
  • Her talks on the subject given at Human Rights Conference, Geneva and Berkeley University , California, Federal Parliament of Australia ,Canberra, Parliament of Canada ,Ottawa and New South Wales parliament, Australia highly impressed the people and brought her honors and accolades including the ‘Key to the City ‘ of the city of Milpitas.
  • She has been honored with life time achievement award at Parliament of Canada, Parliament of Australia, Canberra and Parliament of NSW.
  • She was invited to present talk at International Conference in Toronto on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
  • She has written a book ‘Female Feticide-a curse ,for which she got a thunderous applause in India and abroad. The book was made the basis of national film, Tamanna in which the author also appeared.
  • Another film, Roaring Silence is in the offing in Hollywood, the royalty of which, as per contract will be used for the welfare of poor Punjabi girls.
  • Documentaries showcasing her work have been made and telecast by the National Television network, Netherlands and Canada.
  • Not only on female feticide, there are many other books written by her ,35 in all, on issues like child psychology, diseases of children, balanced diet , importance of mother tongue and stories for children.
  • One of her books regarding diseases of children has been published by the Ministry of Information and broadcasting, Government of India.
  • The National Book Trust has published her story book on the life of a mosquito in Hindi.
  • A number of articles and stories from her books have been included in school text books.
  • One of her books on Child Psychology is the subject of PhD thesis in Delhi University.
  • She has won many awards in the literary field including the best woman writer award in regional languages at the national level, Dr MS Randhawa award and Guru Harkrishan Award by the Punjab government.
  • Her winning the Masud Khaddarposh award by literati of Pakistan for her book on importance of mother tongue, is not only a great honor but may also prove a milestone in building good relations amongst two countries.
  • In addition to her literary and professional activities she is a committed social activist, an ardent champion of women rights and rights of children especially the girl child.
  • She runs a trust, Dr Harsh Charitable trust that pays for the education of more than 338 girls who belong to poor and deprived strata of Punjab. All of them study in private schools; the tuition fee of these girls is borne by the trust.
  • She has analyzed correctly that dowry is one of the prime reasons that goad the parents to kill their daughters in the womb and also after birth.
  • She is the torch bearer and has initiated a worldwide NO DOWRY CAMPAIGN ,in which 13,500 youth of USA,Canada,Australia, Europe, England and Punjab have joined hands and pledged not to accept or give dowry.
  • Dr Harshindar Kaur has won many awards and honors for her work.
  • She has been awarded the State Award by the Government of Punjab two times, International Women Rights activist by the United Nations, honored by the Premier of Manitoba  (Canada )as Human Rights hero and champion of women rights , Certificate of appreciation in House of Commons, Canada on behalf of the Prime Minister of Canada for advocacy on maternal ,newborn and child health in developing countries and strengthening relations with Canada, Conferred Mai Bhago Award and Gold medal on Baisakhi day Parade amongst 3 lac people in Canada,Pride of the Community Award (Faqr-e Quom ) by the SGPC, United Nations Laadli Media Award in recognition of literary work in the field of dissemination of various facets of Female Foeticide ,Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International) ,Bharat Jyoti Award ,International Rotary vocational Award, honoured by the Governor of Punjab (twice) and Haryana for excellence in work on female feticide prevention, Rani Jhansi Award ,Gaurav Punjab Da Award.



Profession/Designation Patiyala Based Child Specialist and Selfless social worker against Female Feticide