Sunil Jaglan, sarpanch of a remote village in Haryana was over the moon when Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned his name and appreciated his initiative on “Mann ki Baat” on Sunday. This was an immensely special moment for residents of Bibipur village who gave all support to the voice of their sarpanch. “Selfie With Daughter” has gained support and laurels from all corners of world in just two days. This initiative has come as a major boost for a country like India, which is suffering from poor sex ratio. Parents from all across the globe are taking pictures with their daughters and uploading them on internet with #SelfieWithDaughter.
India has been always in news about its skewed sex ratio in the world. The states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh perform very poorly on this index. This has in turn heavily affected the practices and initiatives taken for women empowerment and gender equality in the nation. There has been a gradual increase in the sex ratio of the nation, but the situation is still alarming in some parts. It was so heartening to see such an initiative emerge from a state, which is most affected by the gender bias and imbalance in India. This initiative complements the government efforts of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign and free education for single girl child.
Sunil started the initiative on a small scale, where he announced a contest on June 9 wherein fathers were asked to click selfies with their daughters and send it to him through whatsapp. The Panchayat received photos not only from the village but also from states nearby. PM Narendra Modi has taken this initiative forward and urged parents to click selfies with their daughters and upload them on internet with #SelfieWithDaughter. He promised to retweet the pictures with most inspiring taglines. Since then, social media has been flooded with selfies of proud parents with their girls.
The initiative from a small village has gained momentum worldwide and in a country like India, it has proved a statement that, every child is same whether it is a girl or a boy, they should be given same opportunities and encouragement to move forward together. This will help the nation to gain respect and equality and to develop at a faster rate.