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Integrated efforts stressed for eradicating child marriage

Update : 29 Dec 2013, 09:13 PM

Comprehensive efforts of professional forums and groups, administrations and public representatives could eradicate child marriage and violence against women from the society, speakers told a discussion.

They were addressing a divisional workshop on ‘Role of Professional Forums and Federations to Prevent Early Marriage and VAW’ organised by the Women Rights Unit of Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service Bangladesh at Begum Rokeya auditorium in Rangpur city yesterday.

Head of Programme Coordination of RDRS Bangladesh Monjusree Saha presided over the workshop while Assistant Coordinator of its Women Rights Unit Mezbahun Nahar delivered the keynote presentation.

A total of 105 participants including Presidents of district and upazila units of professional forums, youth forums, union federations, women community leaders, human rights activists and professionals from all eight districts in Rangpur division participated, reports BSS.

Secretary of Rangpur unit of Shushashoner Janno Nagorik Akbar Hossain, former Kurigram municipality Mayor Kaziul Islam, women community leaders Advocate Shameema Shirin and Ira Haq, Nilphamari Press Club President Tahmin Haque Bobby and Jatrapur union chairman Abdul Gafur addressed the programme.

Taking part in the open discussion, the participants blamed discriminatory attitude towards female children at the family levels, superstitions, religious misinterpretations, eve-teasing, illiteracy, dowry, poverty etc as the main reasons behind child marriage.

They suggested for proper implementation of the Child Marriage Prevention Act, increasing punishments and fines, creating social awareness, considering child marriage as offence, registering marriage through affidavits checking national identity cards etc for preventing child marriage.

The speakers narrated the grievous impacts of child marriage on the premature girls leading them to shattered and catastrophic lives destroying their future and increasing neonatal, maternal and children deaths in rural areas.

They suggested for rectifying previous mistakes through launching social movement involving people from all walks in the society to create renaissance against the curse that has engulfed the backward rural people creating unrest in family life and society.

They highly lauded the role of the professional groups, forums and federations of RDRS Bangladesh in preventing hundreds of child marriages, hilla marriages, violence against women, extending legal and social supports to such victims over the years.

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