To save girls Haryana village launches ‘selfie with daughter’ contest

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Jind: In a unique initiative to save girl child in Haryana, a village panchayat in Jind has started a contest for clicking “selfie with daughter”. The sex ratio in the state is relatively lower than the other parts of the country.

Bibipur village panchayat has launched the contest in which parents from across the state have to take selfies with their daughters and send it to village Sarpanch Sunil Jaglan through social messaging app Whatsapp.

The three best selfies will be judged and will be awarded with trophies, certificates and cash.  The selfies will be judged by a delegation of 30 women sarpanchs and aanganwadi workers who will be visiting the village from Punjab on June 19.

Jaglam said that the delegation would be in the city to learn about the initiatives of the panchayat to prevent femal foeticide and to increase the standing of women in the society.

“Clicking selfies is the latest craze, so we decided to hold this contest to encourage parents to take pictures with their daughters,” he said, adding that the panchayat is contributing in the “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” campaign through it.

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.

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