With Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming the ‘Selfie with Daughter’ an “international movement” during his interaction with the Silicon Valley CEOs, the man behind the initiative, Bibipur village sarpanch on Sunday said his words of praise was helping the campaign.
“PM praising the initiative on various platforms is definitely helping the entire campaign and the motive it aims to achieve,” Sunil Jaglan, the sarpanch, told PTI.
Jaglan had launched the ‘Selfie with Daughter’ campaign in Jind in June this year.
“I had launched this initiative to give a boost to Prime Minister’s pet initiative of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao,” he said.
Speaking before a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs at San Jose on Sunday, Modi referred to the campaign as “an initiative by a father in Haryana to draw attention towards girl child” that “became an international movement...”
The sarpanch desires to meet the Prime Minister and share his other initiatives with him.
He said the Bibipur Panchayat had recently launched ‘Digital India with Laado’, a campaign to replace names of family-heads in the nameplates with their daughter’s moniker.
“We started this campaign in our village and so far we have replaced 50-60 name plates,” he said.
Representatives of village panchayat visit households and put up nameplates bearing names and email id of the daughters of the house-head along with the tagline ‘Digital India With Laado’, he said.
“I want this campaign to be taken up nationwide. I am writing to Prime Minister and Haryana Chief Minister also in this regard,” Jaglan, a post-graduate in Computer Science, said.
Jaglan said he has put a nameplate outside his house bearing his elder daughter’s name ‘Nandini (Niwas)’.
He also recalled how everyone in his village thought a son had been born to him when he had celebrated and distributed sweets on birth of his first daughter.
Many were taken aback when they discovered that it was not a son, he said.
“On that day, I decided to do something to change this mindset of people towards the girl child,” he stated.
In Haryana, with its adverse sex ratio, and elsewhere, “we often talk about sex ratio, but talk less about gender discrimination. I think if we start talking about the latter actual problem will automatically be solved,” he said.
Jaglan said he is preparing a prayer against female foeticide, which he wants the school children, especially the younger ones, to recite during morning prayer sessions daily.
“We want a change in the mindset to be brought about in our thinking towards the girl child. This is possible if we start with kids. I will also send this prayer across to my state’s Chief Minister and the PM and see how this initiative can be taken forward,” he said.
Jaglan said a leading sportswoman of the country recently raised the issue of discrimination athletes face compared to their male counterparts in terms of award money.
“I support this issue and want both men and women sports-persons to be treated equally, in every sense, including the award money which they get,” said Jaglan, who recently had a Japanese delegation visit his village to interact with him on various initiatives launched by him and his village Panchayat.
Jaglan said he and his village Panchayat have been organising various other initiatives to empower women.