PM Modi on his weekly Mann Ki Baat radio show encouraged fathers to share picture of their daughters to encourage his encourage ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative.
Earlier, in a unique initiative to save girl child in Haryana, where the sex ratio has been dismally low, a village panchayat in Jind had started a contest for clicking “selfie with daughter” on 9 June. Bibipur village panchayat had launched the contest in which parents from across the state have to take selfies with their daughters and send it to village Sarpanch Sunil Jaglan through the social messaging app, Whatsapp. The best three selfies were awarded with trophies, certificates and cash prize.
And this is where Modi got the idea for it. The appeal also shows that PM Modi is keeping an eye on various trends in India — which perhaps comes from his focus on social media — and that is always a good thing.
“Clicking selfies is the latest craze, so we decided to hold this contest to encourage parents to take pictures with their daughters,” Haryana Panchayat member Jaglan said, adding that the panchayat is contributing in the “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” campaign through it.
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.
Soon after PM Modi’s radio address, selfies hashtagged #SelfieWithDaughter took Twitter by storm.
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