Hamirpur (April 17): Making a new beginning in ensuring equal social status and acceptance for the girl child, a teenaged girl lit the pyre of her deceased father here today.
Om Swaroop Sharma, 52, a driver with HRTC died due to cardiac arrest at a shop near petrol pump today. Since the deceased had no son, the family members decided to allow the eldest daughter, Shalini, aged 16, to perform the last rites.
Shalini lit the pyre of father and also performed other rituals in the presence of local ward councillor Anil Soni, BJP leader Vijay Pal Soharu and local philanthropist Hem Raj Chadha. The issue has become the talk of the town and people have started thinking on similar lines.