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6th grader saved from child marriage

  • Published at 10:05 pm September 11th, 2019
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The sixth grader was to be wed on Wednesday, September 11, according to the deal made by her parents with the groom’s parents in the Charigao Village of the Satgram Union

A fourteen-year-old was saved from child marriage on Monday by the timely intervention of an upazila Executive Magistrate Ujjal Hossain in Narayanganj.

The sixth grader was to be wed on Wednesday, September 11, according to the deal made by her parents with the groom’s parents in the Charigao Village of the Satgram Union.

The legal age for marriage in Bangladesh is 18 for women and 21 for men, according to the Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017.

But based on information from reliable sources, upazila Executive Magistrate Ujjal arrived at the scene with the police.

Upon hearing that the police had arrived at the scene, the bridegroom did   not show up at the wedding ceremony.

Later, Magistrate Ujjal, after explaining to the family of the bride the ills consequences of child age marriage, stopped the marriage proceedings and obtained a signature promising not to marry off their daughter until she reached the legal age.

Upazila executive magistrate told Dhaka Tribune: "Child marriage is a crime.There are strict laws in the country against child marriage. But we do not always abide by them. This is why child marriages are not prevented.We must become more conscious."

Punishment for child marriages 

According to the Act, the Mobile Court Act 2009 can be exercised in case of child marriage as defined in the law. Local government representatives, including upazila nirbahi officer, executive magistrates, upazila women affairs officials, upazila social service officers, upazila primary or secondary education officers, officers-in-charge of the police stations concerned can take necessary measures and legal action to stop child marriage upon receiving written or verbal complaints. The court can stop child marriage. The punishment for breaching the law is a maximum of six months' imprisonment or not more than Tk10,000 fine or both. Apart from special cases, if a man or a woman marries off any child, they can face a maximum of two years’ imprisonment or not more than Tk100,000 fine or both. Section 7 (2) of the law says, any underage boy and girl will have to undergo a detention of 30 days or pay Tk50,000 as fine or both for child marriage.

Guardians concerned or others associated with child marriage can get six months to two years' jail terms or Tk50,000 fine or both. Punishment for officiating such marriage is six months to two years' jail or Tk50,000 fine or both. Besides, the licence of a marriage registrar can be revoked for registering child marriage. He may also be sentenced to a maximum of twoyears imprisonment or fined Tk50,000 or both. Birth certificates, national identity cards, passports and academic examination certificates will be considered as legal documents for verifying the age of the bride and the groom.