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Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi figures in 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' poster; inquiry ordered

A picture of separatist leader Asiya Andrabi has appeared along with Mehbooba Mufti and Mother Teresa in a poster on 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign in Jammu and Kashmir.

Written by: India TV News Desk, Srinagar [Updated:12 Oct 2017, 10:53 AM IST]
Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi figures in 'Beti Bachao,
Separatist leader Asiya Andrabi figures in 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' poster in J-K

In a major embarrassment for Jammu and Kashmir government, a picture of burqa clad jailed separatist leader Asiya Andrabi has appeared along with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and some other notable personalities in a poster on 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign. The state government on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the matter.

The poster aimed at highlighting the women achievers of the country was hoisted at a function held to promote girl education in south Kashmir's Kokernag area. 

Besides Mufti, the poster also features Mother Teresa, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, tennis star Sania Mirza and Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi among others. 

Andrabi, the pro-Pakistan chief of 'Dukhtaran-e-Millat' (daughters of the nation) organisation, also found space on the poster. She is currently in jail under Public Safety Act for her separatist activities. 

She has several cases registered against her including some for hoisting Pakistani flag on August 14 and March 23 --the Independence Day and National Day of Pakistan, respectively. 

'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' (save girl, educate girl) is one of the prominent campaigns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The campaign was launched by the child care wing of the social welfare department in Anantnag district's Breng block on Wednesday. Police officers and several other local and civil authorities were present at the launch event.

The child care wing is headed by BJP MLA Sajjad Gani Lone.

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