The picture of a Pakistani young girl sketching a map of the Muslim country’s flag was printed on the cover page of a booklet that was published with the intent of promoting the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA)—a campaign that is aimed at cleaning up the streets, roads and infrastructures of the Indian cities, rural areas and towns in the district of Bihar’s Jamui—one hundred and fifty kilometres from Patna. The photo has sparked a controversy in the state of India.
The picture depicts a young girl smiling of about five years in age sitting in a chair and drawing a flag of Pakistan on a lined notebook page that was used for the ‘Swachh Jamui Swasth Jamui’.
This incident came forward on Friday and further inquiries revealed that the girl was being promoted as the face of UNICEF in Pakistan. It was previously used by the UNICEF in Pakistan for spreading awareness regarding the significance of educating girls, as per the reports.
Sudhir Kumar—the district coordinator of “Swachh Bharat” campaign said that it is a serious mistake and was not identified earlier. He further informed that the proposal of printing these notebooks was affirmed by the district magistrate Dr Kaushal Kishore.
As per the reports of NDTV, the mistake most likely would have slipped by and an inquiry has been directed to determine that how the photograph got printed on the cover page of the five thousand booklets that were distributed to the school children, Anganwadi centres, children of Kasturba school among many more last year.
The booklets were printed by the Suprabh Enterprises printing press situated in Patna who informed that a prior approval of the district administration was sought before the photograph was printed on the covers of the notebook.
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