Female infanticide (abortion of a female fetus ) is common and is still practiced in India.
Valuing girls as much as boys is a mark of respect, not shame. In fact, I believe women are more mentally strong and have the ability to benefit the society more than men.
The villagers also contribute Rs 21,000 collectively and take Rs 10,000 from the parents and put them in a fixed deposit, which can be broken when the girl turns 20.
Parents have to sign an affidavit which states that the girl cannot marry before she reaches a legal age. This movement was started by Shyam Sundar Paliwal, the former sarpanch (village head), when his daughter Kiran died a few years ago.
To keep termites away from the trees, the villagers have planted more than 2.5 million aloe vera plants around them. Gradually, they realized that aloe vera could be processed and marketed in a variety of ways, hence, the community has also started to produce and market aloe-based products like juice and gel, among other things.