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The state of Haryana has always been criticised for the skewed sex ratio with 877 females per 1000 males, it is the state with the lowest sex ratio in the country. However, a first of its kind initiative has been launched to change the ratio and help boost the sex ratio in the state. The campaign called 'Selfie With Daughter' has become a hit with the villagers and urges parents across the state to click selfies with their daughter and send it via Whatsapp to the village sarpanch Sunil Jaglan. Read: What is the Haryana government doing to prevent female foeticide?
Jaglan's initiative to help reduce female foeticide and improve the standing of women in the society was lauded as villagers started responding to his campaign. His initiative gained country-wide momentum yesterday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat' urged the country to share photos with tag #SelfieWithDaughter as a part of his 'Beti Bachao BetiPadhao' campaign. The campaign aims to educate and sensitise people about the security and education of a girl child. Read: Narendra Modi terms female foeticide as 'mental illness.
Narendra Modi tweeted:
Following his address, twitter flooded with pictures of people posing with their daughters. Celebrities also supported this campaign and posted pictures with their daughters.
And here's my #SelfieWithDaughter . My Daughter, My Pride! #betibachaobetipadhaopic.twitter.com/csPNDWq1SZ Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) June 28, 2015
Lessons of Life : The immense wealth I give to my daughter http://shekharkapur.com/blog/2005/12/my-immense-wealth-i-give-to/#SelfieWithDaughter 30 second read that lasts a lifetime.
Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) June 29, 2015 Love the #SelfieWithDaughter campaign. My selfie with my daughter Yashasvini @narendramodi. #BetiBachaoBetiPadhaopic.twitter.com/gbbaBlsuj2 Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) June 29, 2015 Have to say I love this #SelfieWithDaughter idea by @narendramodi . Missing Girls - killed before birth- remain our biggest national shame barkha dutt (@BDUTT) June 28, 2015
The campaign although lauded by many was also unnecessarily criticised too.
Careful before sharing #SelfieWithDaughter with #LameDuckPM. He has a record of stalking daughters. Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) June 28, 2015 A selfie is not a device to bring about change Mr. PM Try reform. #selfieobsessedPM Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) June 28, 2015 Those defending the #selfie plan by the PM FYI change is needed in the illiterate parts where 'no front facing camera phones exist'. Think Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) June 28, 2015
Female foeticide and a dropping sex ratio across the country is a big problem that needs some immediate attention. In a state like Haryana, where women still have to fight for their basic rights, a movement like this can at least create awareness and make parents feel proud of their daughters and not think of nipping them in the bud.
While the PM tried to focus and drive attention towards these problems, critics just tried to grab attention by expressing contradictory opinions. Female foeticide is an equally important issue and supporting it would serve its purpose.
Image source: India.com
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