Of­fi­cial sus­pended for us­ing sep­a­ratist’s im­age

Ban­ner fea­tured Asiya Andrabi with CM

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent

The author­i­ties on Thurs­day sus­pended a fe­male Child De­vel­op­ment Project Of­fi­cer (CDPO) in south Kash­mir’s Anant­nag for show­cas­ing in­car­cer­ated Dukhtaran-e-Mil­lat chief Asiya Andrabi on a ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao’ ban­ner.

The ban­ner, which fea­tured Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti, ten­nis star Sania Mirza, singer Lata Mangeshkar and Puducherry Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Ki­ran Bedi, was un­furled dur­ing a pro­mo­tion in Kok­er­nag on Wed­nes­day.

“Pend­ing in­quiry Shameema Ahtar, CDPO Breng, is placed un­der sus­pen­sion with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” reads the or­der is­sued by the Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Anant­nag.

Ms. Andrabi, who was fea­tured along­side other women achiev­ers, is cur­rently in Srinagar’s Cen­tral Jail for her al­leged anti-In­dia ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘No role model’

State So­cial Wel­fare Min­is­ter Sa­jad Gani Lone said, “Yes­ter­day, [there was] an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent of mis­han­dling of a pub­lic­ity cam­paign, wherein pic­tures of Ms. Andrabi were dis­played on hoard­ings along with dis­tin­guished women achiev­ers of the coun­try. The CDPO in ques­tion has com­mit­ted a griev­ous er­ror of judge­ment by in­clud­ing Ms. Andrabi in the list of dis­tin­guished women achiev­ers of the coun­try.”

He said that, in any case, the Depart­ment un­am­bigu­ously states, “Ms. Andrabi is not a role model, not for the women of Jammu and Kash­mir or else­where in the world.”

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