Each time a newborn baby girl sees the light of the world in his area, Sub-Inspector Mosharaf Hossain, in-charge of Tangail’s Kagmari police outpost, greets her with gifts, a personal initiative breaking stereotypes about gender.
The gifts include a packet of diapers, a baby lotion and a crest given away congratulating the mother.
On January 6, he made an announcement that “Those couples in Kagmari police outpost area will become the parents of newborn baby girl phone me and receive gifts.”
Soon after Mosharaf posted the announcement on his Facebook account, it went viral. He also hung a banner carrying the announcement in front of his office.
Mosharaf added that around 20 new parents have received gifts from him till now. Most of them hail from char area of the Dhaleshwari river. He bought the gifts with his personal savings.
Shahida Begum, a housewife of Porabari village, said she gave birth to her second daughter a week ago. Later, she phoned the police officer after knowing about his announcement. The SI then came to her house and gave the gifts.
“Really, I have been proud to get the honour as my in-laws got very disappointed after I gave birth to a daughter again,” she added.
SI Mosharaf said “For professional purposes, I used to go to the char areas where I found that many people still cannot be happy when a daughter is born. The child has been a victim of neglect since birth there.”
“But the daughter is not a burden, a blessing. It is the best reward given by God. I want to give this message to the new parents of baby girl in Kagmari outpost area. I myself am the proud father of a daughter,” he added.
SI Mosharaf has a reputation as a brave officer in the district police department. In 2018, he was rewarded as the best community police officer of the district by the then DIG of Dhaka Range Abdullah Al Mamun.
Mosharaf was born in Mymensingh’s Trishal upazila. He is the fourth among five sisters and two brothers. His father is a farmer. He joined Bangladesh Police in 2007.
Asked about the initiative of Mosharaf, Additional Superintendent of Police in Tangail Sadar Shahinul Islam Fakir said it is undoubtedly a praiseworthy initiative. Mosharaf is really a good human being.