285 Indian girls shed 'unwanted' names

Girls hold certificates stating their new official names during a renaming ceremony in Satara, India, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Almost 300 Indian girls known officially as "Unwanted" have traded their birth names for a fresh start in life. Given names like "Nakusa" or "Nakushi" _ or "unwanted" in Hindi _ they grew up understanding they were a burden in families that preferred boys in Maharashtra state. (AP Photo)

October 22, 2011 7:58:33 PM PDT
More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean "unwanted" in Hindi have chosen new names for a fresh start in life.