Authorities on Wednesday placed an official under suspension over the use of Dukhteran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi’s picture in a banner for the Indian government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign.
The banner aimed at highlighting the women achievers of India was hoisted at a function held to promote girl education in south Kashmir’s Kokernag area and, besides Asiya, featured Mother Teresa, former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, singer Lata Mangeshkar, tennis star Sania Mirza and Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi among others.
Soon after pictures of the banner went viral on social media and the BJP demanded action, authorities suspended ICDS Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) Breng .
“Pending enquiry, Shameema Akhter, CDPO Breng is hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect,” Deputy Commissioner Anantnag said in an order.
Asiya, who is currently in jail under Public Safety Act, has several cases registered against her including the unfurling of Pakistani flag in Kashmir.
“We heard about it just now. People should ask ICDS as to why they put Asiya ji’s picture there,” Dukhteran spokesperson Nahida Nasreen told Kashmir Narrator.
The PDP’s alliance partner BJP demanded strict action “against those persons involved in this and suspend the officials immediately involved.”
According to Child Development ministry website, ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ is a “publicly funded social campaign launched by Narendra Modi government to tackle the decline in CSR (child sex ratio) in 100 gender-critical districts.”