Upbeat over his praise by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the "selfie with daughter" initiative, the outgoing sarpanch of Jind's Bibipur village, Sunil Jaglan, has now launched the "selfie against dowry" campaign to attract people against the social evil in Haryana.
For the success of his second initiative, Jaglan has invited selifes from couples who married without dowry. Also, to attract the youths to root out the social evil, the Bibipur panchayat has also invited selfies of unmarried youths who have decided to marry without dowry.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Jaglan said: "Like selfie with daughter, our new initiative selfie against dowry also getting good response as in the past two days we got 200 selfies from married and unmarried people. Though most of the pictures are from Jind district, which is known as the khap capital of Haryana, we are also getting response from the people from Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and several other states of the country."
"Even the Union ministry of women and child development has praised our efforts on Facebook," he added.
About the authenticity of the pictures received, Jaglan said: "We don't think that people will lie, but still we are taking help of their neighbours and villagers to confirm whether they married without dowry."
"The campaign is on the social media now and soon we will take it to every village with the help of the youths to make it national movement," he added. About the next step, the sarpanch said: "We will also approach bureaucrats, who are against dowry, to share their pictures."
Though Jaglan hogged limelight after Modi's praise, he is facing criticism from his rivals in the village, who are accusing him of tarnishing the image of the village. Dr Dalbir Singh of Bibipur village, who had earlier lodged a police complaint against Jaglan, said: "We held a panchayat and passed a resolution against the sarpanch recently and also filed a police complaint with the Jind superintendent of police and a news channel for calling residents of Bibipur killer of daughters. The SP told us that he has sent the complaint for legal opinion to the district attorney."
Terming the initiatives as a publicity stunt, he said: "Nothing special has been done in our village. The sarpanch has failed to ensure clean drinking water in the girls' school and several streets are incomplete despite the previous Congress government granting `1 crore grant to the village."