Miffed at projecting their village in a "bad light", a group of residents of Bibipur village in Jind district - which shot to limelight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised village sarpanch Sunil Jaglan's, initiative "selfie with daughters"- have filed a police complaint against Jaglan and a news channel.
They accused the news channel of projecting a wrong picture of the village by terming its residents "killers of daughters". The news channel telecast a programme on June 29 titled "Ab Aana Is Desh Lado" in which it showed that the birth of daughters was considered as sin in the village before Jaglan took over as the sarpanch. The villagers said that the 16-minute programme projected them as villains and the sarpanch as a "messiah".
Talking to Hindustan Times, Dalbir Singh, who has filed the complaint along with Nanu and Dharam Singh Sahu, all resident of Bibipur village, said they have demanded strict action against the sarpanch and the news channel. He said that villagers had held a meeting and also appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to verify facts before heaping praise on anyone.
When contacted, Jind superintendent of police (SP) Abhishek Jorwal said: "I have received a complaint from Bibipur residents. As the complaint does not have direct allegations, it has been sent to district attorney for legal opinion."
Dalbir, however, clarified that they don't have any political motive behind the complaint against the sarpanch: "We don't want to contest elections, but we are upset as the sarpanch has projected us as killers of daughters.I want the channel and the sarpnach to give us the detail of villagers who have promoted female foeticide."
However, Jaglan refuted the allegations saying: "I have seen the video. I did not say anything against the villagers. I only said the sex ratio in the village was improving now. And I am not responsible for what the TV anchor said."
"It is true that some villagers are not happy with my working and they cannot tolerate that people of the village are installing nameplates of their daughters at their door," Jaglan added.