JIND: Facts show a haphazard sex ratio in Haryana and in a unique initiative to save the girl child, a village panchayat in the Jind district has started a contest for clicking ‘selfie with daughter’.

The panchayat of the Bibipur village has launched the contest where parents from across the state will click selfies with their daughters and share them with village Sarpanch Sunil Jaglan via a social messaging app Whatsapp.

Out of the whole lot of the selfies clicked, the best three pictures would be awarded with trophies, certificates and cash prize which would be judged by a delegation of 30 women sarpanch sand aanganwadi workers who will be visiting the village from Punjab on June 19.

The delegation chosen to judge the contest would be in Jind to understand the initiatives by panchayats to prevent female foeticide and to enhance women empowerment in the society.

“I have received over 100 selfies with daughters from across the state in last three days,” Jaglan said, adding, “Usually we don’t see many pictures of daughters in people’s house here. The objective of the contest is to increase importance of daughters in their homes.”

Further speaking about the panchayat’s initiative which he claims to be a contribution in the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign, he expressed, “Clicking selfies is the latest craze, so we decided to hold this contest to encourage parents to take pictures with their daughters.”

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.

(With Agency Inputs)