Call for concerted efforts to prevent child marriage

26 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: All the government and non-government entities concerned should put their level best efforts to prevent the child marriage, said speakers at a discussion here on Tuesday, reports BSS.

They viewed substantial and sustainable reduction of child marriage has become an urgent need for ending violence against women and children.

To this end, responsive support from the community, especially religious leaders, marriage-registrars, parents and influential leaders is very important.

The observations came in a view-sharing meeting styled “Prevention of Violence against Women and Child Marriage and Way Forward” at the conference hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) in Rajshahi.

Association for Community Development (ACD) under its ‘Strengthen Civil Society and Public Institution to Address Combating Gender-based Violence’ project organised the meeting discussing ways and means on how to change the social mindset against child marriage.

DC Hamidul Haque addressed the meeting as the chief guest while Charghat upazila chairman Fakhrul Islam and its Upazila Nirbahi Officer Syeda Samira, Deputy Director of Department of Social Services Hasina Momtaj and District Children Affairs Officer Monjur Kader spoke as special guests with ACD Executive Director Salima Sarwar in the chair.

Assistant Professor Mamun Abdul Kaioum from the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism in Rajshahi University and ACD Project Coordinator Monirul Islam illustrated various demerits of child marriage in their keynote presentations.

They also put forward a set of recommendations on how to free the society from child marriage.