Encouraged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s praise for his ‘Selfie with Daughter’ initiative, Sunil Jaglan sarpanch of Bibipur village of Jind district, has now started a new campaign in his village ‘Digital India with Laado’.
Under the new drive, Bibipur residents will instal nameplates on their houses with their daughters’ names and email IDs, showing their support to the Digital India Week launched by the PM while promoting cause of the girl child.
Meanwhile, the sarpanch is facing criticism for taking such steps to grab attention of the media. However, talking to Hindustan Times, Jaglan said that he had been working for the empowerment of women.
“The decision to instal name plates wih daughters’ names was taken following the report of the Socio Economic and Caste Census, which shows that Haryana is lagging behind in category of households with woman heads. Our initiative is getting a good response as a total of 70 families in my village have agreed to instal nameplates of their daughters’ names outside their houses”, he added.
EXPERTS NOT IMPRESSED
However, sociology experts are quite skeptical of Jaglan’s initiative, saying clicking a picture with daughters or putting their names on name plates will not help until the society considers women equal to men.
“There is no need for the selfies and name plates but we need to sensitise people to treat women at par with men, provide them share in property and involve them in decision making at family, panchayat, state andf national level. Only that will bring about empowerment of women”, said Dr Jitender Prasad, senior professor in sociology department of Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak.
He said that the sarpanch should take help of other sarpanches to start a mass awareness campaign for social equality and education of women if he really wants to do something for women empowerment.
Similarly, Dr Supriti, another professor of Sociology, said, “Selfies should be taken spontaneously. This should not be superficial act just to grab attention. Women should be given their rights instead of using their backwardness for self promotion,” she added.