Recently a lady police officer from Rajasthan has accused the centre government of stealing the “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” slogan from her. These words went popular last year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a national level campaign for saving and educating a girl child.
The name of that police officer is Chetan Bhati, who is also an SHO of a women’s police station in Udaipur. Chetan has written to Modi asking for the “recognition for her creativity” after her right to Right to Information (RTI) about how they “got hold of the phrase“ application to Modi’s office failed to get results.
“I first wrote and sued the phrase in 1999 for a poetry series. I also recited them at an event in 2005. I do not need money or publicity. I just want to be acknowledged for an idea that has become so popular,” said Chetan.
Chetan has post graduated in History and English and was a government school teacher before becoming a police officer 20 years ago and making the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao slogan 17 years ago.
Chetan has informed that her RTI applications failed to provide the sought information after going under the women and child development department and the department of school education and literacy. Although there are still no reports that whether Modi stole her slogan or not but the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme is being implemented in 100 select districts and it will be really very difficult now to change its name.