Three girls holding up boards with their new names
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100 women 2015: India's 'unwanted' on life with a name

Maharashtra is one of the wealthiest and most advanced states in India, but it is not immune to the country's stark preference for boys.

Such is the case that second or third daughters are not even given a proper name, but instead are called 'Nakusha', meaning unwanted.

Seeking to challenge mind-sets, the local government held a naming ceremony for these girls.

Three girls tell the BBC's Swati Bakshi and Deepak Jasrotia what life is like with their new names.

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  • 24 Nov 2015
  • From the section India