State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki on Friday urged all to come forward to stop child marriage to get rid of the evil chain of malnutrition, reports UNB.
“Girl children frequently become victims of child marriage and repression which could not be tolerated,” she told a discussion at Bangladesh Shishu Academy auditorium in the capital on Friday morning.
Bangladesh Shishu Academy and the National Girl Child Advocacy Forum jointly organised the discussion marking the National Day of the Girl Child, 2016.
Chumki said the girls who become victims of child marriage give birth to low-weight babies and these babies suffer from malnutrition, which finally creates impediment to the country’s progress.
The government has taken various programmes for the welfare of girl children, she said, adding that if these girls get education they will be able to become self-dependent, she said.
Chaired by Bangla Academy director Mosharraf Hossain, the discussion was addressed, among others, by Women and Children Affairs secretary Nasima Begum, president of National Girl Child Advocacy Forum Dr Badiul Alam Majumder and Save the Children country director Mark Pierce.