Udaipur : A lady police inspector’s claim on coinage of the famous slogan ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) which is a national campaign on saving the girl child, has been found to be true. In a factual report sent recently to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Department of Women and Child Development, Rajasthan government has held that inspector Chetna Bhati, presently posted as SHO Mahila Thana, Udaipur had first, in 2011, sent a mail to the then chief minister Ashok Gehlot requesting him for a poster release of her poem with the same title. Bhati was posted at Nagaur then and she had sent a mail to the CMO from the police line there at 9.29pm on 3rd August 2011, the report claims.
The CMO office did not respond then however, 3 years later, Bhati was shocked to see the slogan launched as a national campaign ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ on 22 January 2015 at Panipat in Haryana by the prime minister Narendra Modi himself. Since then the lady cop have been trying to get information about the author of the slogan and seeking credit for her idea. Bhati filed RTI applications that yielded no desired results. She then wrote to the prime minister seeking recognition for her idea. The PMO called for a report from the Ministry of Human Resources, Higher Education and the Ministry for Women and Child Development (MWCD). The MWCD gave an account of the campaign and its launching but there was no details on who coined the BBBP phrase. Later the MWCD asked for a factual report from the state department on the issue. Chetna Bhati, who has completed 20 years in the police department, hails from Jaisalmer, one of the poorest gender ratio districts in Rajasthan. Bhati who is a double post graduate in History and English literature was a school teacher before joining the police department. “ Female Foeticide is a subject very close to my heart as I have seen girls getting ill treated at the hands of their parents and in-laws” Bhati told Udaipur Kiran. Bhati who is also a poetess, has written a series of poem on the subject and frequently delivers lectures at schools and colleges to spread awareness against gender discrimination.
The BBBP campaign
The campaign is a tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare and Human Resource Development. The key elements of the scheme include enforcement of the PC&PNDT act, nation-wide awareness and advocacy campaign and multi-sectoral action in select 100 districts low on Child Sex Ratio.