In an unparalleled initiative to save the girl child in Haryana, where the sex ratio is abysmally low, a village panchayat in Jind has started a contest for clicking “selfie with daughter” to create an awareness towards gender equality.
Haryana’s Bibipur village panchayat has launched the contest in which parents from across the state have to take selfies with their daughters and send it to village Sarpanch through a social messaging app.
The best three selfies would be awarded with trophies, certificates and cash prize, the village panchayat declared.
According to the village panchayat, the selfies would be judged by a delegation consisting of 30 women sarpanchs and aanganwadi workers who will be visiting the village from Punjab on June 19.
The delegation will also take stock of the initiatives taken the panchayat to prevent female foeticide and increase the overall standing of women in society.
The contest has already begun and the village panchayat is receiving overwhelming responses from the villagers.
Sarpanch Sunil Jaglan said so far “I have received over 100 selfies with daughters from across the state in the last three days,”.
“Usually we don’t see many pictures of daughters in people’s house here. The objective of the contest is to increase importance of daughters in their homes,” he said.
“Clicking selfies is the latest craze, so we decided to hold this contest to encourage parents to take pictures with their daughters,” he stressed, adding that the panchayat is contributing in the “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” campaign through it.
According to government figures, Haryana is among the bottom five states in terms of sex ratio. In 2014, the sex ratio at birth was 871, a marginal increase from 868 in 2013.
The ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ (Save the Daughter, Teach the Daughter) is a Government of India initiative started with the aim to ensure survival, protection and empowerment of the girl child.