Piplantri. Does it convey anything to you? If no then let me tell you it’s a village in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. Till few years back birth of a girl child was considered inauspicious in this village. Female foeticide and infanticide were common. But it’s not the same any more. Now, birth of a daughter is celebrated by planting of 111 trees. These trees, planted by hre parents and relatives, are looked after by the village panchayat. The turnaround was made possible by social campaigner and former Piplantri sarpanch Shyam Sundar Paliwal. He advocated if the trees planted were nurtured for 18 years, it would yield enough money by the time the girl reaches the age of marriage and take care of her dowry.