A hardline pro-Pakistan separatist leader who was arrested at least twice this year, and is said to incite women in Kashmir to pelt security forces with stones, was featured in a ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ poster at a tourism festival in Anantnag.
Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi’s photograph was printed along with images of astronaut Kalpana Chawla, tennis ace Sania Mirza, singer Lata Mangeshkar, Puducherry L-G Kiran Bedi, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mother Theresa.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, or ‘Save and educate the girl chid’ is a publicly funded social campaign. It was launched by the Narendra Modi government to tackle the “decline in CSR (child sex ratio) in 100 gender-critical districts,” the Women and Child Development ministry says on its website.
Modi’s BJP jointly governs Jammu and Kashmir with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), whose leader, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, was also featured on the poster in Anantnag.
A news channel quoted BJP MLA Ravinder Raina as saying the officer responsible for “the mistake” would be punished.