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Haryana village initiates contest for ‘best selfie with daughters’: Beti Bachao, Selfie Banao

The panchayat has asked parents to send their selfies to the village sarpanch on WhatsApp by June 17. The winning entry will get a trophy, certificate and Rs 2,100 cash prize on June 19.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Updated: June 12, 2015 7:48 am
Win-win contest, Haryana Selfie contest, Beti Bachao, Selfie Banao, haryana Beti Bachao, Selfie Banao, Haryana, sex ratio, Jind Win-win contest, best selfie with daughters contest, indian express, express news Fathers and daughters in Bibipur village in Haryana’s Jind district sent these pictures vying for the best selfie.

In Haryana, a state with one of the worst sex ratios in the country, a village panchayat in Jind is trying to make a difference in a unique manner.

The gram panchayat of Bibipur village has initiated a contest for the “best selfie with daughters”. The panchayat has asked parents to send their selfies to the village sarpanch on WhatsApp by June 17. The winning entry will get a trophy, certificate and Rs 2,100 cash prize on June 19.

The contest has caught on. Sarpanch Sunil Jaglan said he has already received over 100 entries since the contest was announced three days ago. “When we visit people’s houses in Haryana, we find there are fewer pictures of girls there. The aim of the contest is to ensure that girls get the importance they deserve in their houses and are not ignored,” said

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He said the contest was “the contribution of the gram panchayat to the cause” of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme. “Clicking selfies is the latest craze among people. The gram panchayat decided that families should be encouraged to click selfies with their daughters,” said Jaglan.

Haryana is among the bottom five states in terms of sex ratio. In 2014, the sex ratio at birth was 871, a marginal increase from 868 in 2013. Eight districts in the state witnessed a decline in sex ratio from 2013 to 2014, with Mahendragarh being the worst at 745. Twelve of the total 21 districts in Haryana are among the worst 100 in the country.

In the past, the Bibipur gram panchayat has taken several steps to improve the skewed sex ratio. It was in Bibipur that the first women-driven khap panchayat was held in 2012, where a resolution was passed that those indulging in female foeticide should be charged with murder.

A board at the entrance of the village states its name as “Bibipur – The Women’s World”. That is how the village wants to be known now, and the panchayat has even written to the state government in this connection. The village also has a Lado Marg, Lado Sarovar and Kalpana Chawla Anganwadi in honour of girls.

With the gram panchayat taking initiatives to track pregnant mothers, the sex ratio in the village has improved. According to Jaglan, the number of boys and girls are now “almost equal”.

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    Mukesh
    Feb 21, 2016 at 6:31 pm
    My chid is my lyf anevrything ilove you aaradhya
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      Deb
      Jun 12, 2015 at 10:17 am
      Great initiative.. .... Congrats
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        neeraj agrawal
        Jun 12, 2015 at 9:32 am
        Hats off to BIBIPUR GRAM PAANCHAYAT
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          Ajay
          Jun 28, 2015 at 11:37 am
          Great job ....keep it up Congrats for appreciation by PM.
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          1. Raghu Panjala
            Jun 12, 2015 at 3:18 pm
            This is how evils are fought. First women's panchayat,then inspection by members of pregnant women. what kind of monitoring would be more accurate than this. IPS.IGP are waste of money and power. Change and power should be from bottom level up.
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