Pro­Pak­istan Andrabi in Kash­mir poster for beti bachao, beti pad­hao

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Nation - Toufiq Rashid let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRI­NA­GAR: Kash­mir’s hard­line sep­a­ratist woman leader is a role model on a poster for Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s sig­na­ture “beti bachao, beti pad­hao”, a so­cial cam­paign for girls to ar­rest the skewed child sex ra­tio in the coun­try.

The gov­ern­ment poster has the im­age of a burka-clad Asiya Andrabi, found­ing leader of Dukhtaran-e-Mil­lat, an all-woman out­fit, who is be­hind bars since May this year. It also fea­tures CM Me­hbooba Mufti, Mother Teresa and for­mer PM Indira Gandhi, among oth­ers.

Be­sides, the poster shows a wrong pho­to­graph of Kash­mir’s first IPS of­fi­cer, Ruweda Salam. It was un­veiled at an event or­gan­ised by the state tourism depart­ment at Kok­er­nag in south Kash­mir on Wed­nes­day, which se­nior min­is­ters and bu­reau­crats at­tended. Andrabi is a hard­core pro-Pak­istan sep­a­ratist leader and her im­age in a gov­ern­ment cam­paign gen­er­ated cu­rios­ity and crit­i­cism.

The BJP, which rules the state with coali­tion part­ner Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party of chief min­is­ter Mufti, de­manded an in­quiry. Party spokesman Su­nil Sethi de­manded ac­tion against peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the “goof-up”. The poster was is­sued by the In­te­grated Child De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices (ICDS).

But ICDS min­is­ter Asiya Naqash said she was not aware of the mis­take and didn’t at­tend the func­tion at Kok­er­nag. “I came to know only through HT. I will en­quire and gather facts. Only then I will re­act.”

Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao lit­er­ally means save and ed­u­cate girls.

HT PHOTO

The gov­ern­ment poster with the pic­ture of a burka­clad Asiya Andrabi, Kash­mir’s hard­line sep­a­ratist woman leader.

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