A year after his “Selfie with Daughter” contest drew good response from across the country, the former sarpanch of Bibipur village in district Jind is now set to launch an online museum where people will be able to post selfies with their daughters.
To be launched Thursday, the website, http://www.selfiewithdaugher.world, will have let people upload their selfies.
In a bid to make the initiative popular, female sportspersons of Haryana who have made a name for themselves will be roped in.
Former sarpanch Sunil Jaglan says, “When I held ‘Selfie with Daughter’ contest last year, there was a tremendous response from different corners of the country. The idea was to ensure a place of pride for girls in Haryana in their families where the sex-ratio is low. People from several states responded and I received 794 selfies within a few days.”
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The concept found a mention in the “Mann ki Baat” programme addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who appreciated the initiative. He invited people to send selfies with their daughters to him which he would retweet. Modi also spoke about the initiative on several other platforms as well.
Jaglan says people kept sending selfies to him even after the contest was over. “I wanted to set up a museum in the village where all the pictures could be put up. However, I did not have the land that is required for the purpose. So I decided to set up an online museum. People can upload selfies with their daughters. Even after years, anyone who wants to see their selfies will find it there. We have taken space for putting up 10 lakh pictures. The aim is to carry forward the initiative that we had started a year back,” he said.
Jaglan adds that after the PM spoke of it, some celebrities also posted selfies with their daughters on social media. He said that attempts are being made to tie-up with female sportspersons who have made a mark for themselves. He said that talks were held with badminton player Saina Nehwal’s father. He said that he will be meeting the Phogat sisters as well. Anyone who takes a print-out of the selfie will get with it an the autograph of the sportspersons.
Notably, Bibipur shot to limelight after a mahapanchayat was held here where a resolution was passed that murder charges be slapped against anyone indulging in female foeticide. The former panchayat members also started an initiative to put up nameplates with the names of daughters outside their houses.