Jatiya Press Club (JPC) President Farida Yasmin on Friday called upon the youths to build social movement for protection of the girls from the curse of early marriage.
The noted journalist also emphasised the importance of the roles of families and educational institutes in ensuring responsible use of social media.
“Adolescents and youths will have to be aware of the use of social media. The society has experienced the dark side of digital technology due to the misuse of social media, especially Facebook. Families and educational institutes can play frontline role in ensuring engagement of youths in social movement,” she said.
A platform named Debate for Democracy organised the shadow parliament at the auditorium of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation in Tejgaon. DFD Chairman Hassan Ahamed Chowdhury Kiron presided over the session.
In regard to the early marriage, Farida blamed the present law, which keeps options to marry girls below 18 years under special condition, for child marriage. “As the authorities concerned have made the law, providing an opportunity for early marriage, it may continue. Only the social awareness can protect girls from early marriage,” she added.
Renewed debater Hassan Ahamed said the trend towards early marriage has increased by around 13 percent during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is highest in 25 years.
“At present, the rate of early marriage is now 59 percent in Bangladesh which ranked fourth in global index. Around 58 early marriages took place in a month, according to official data. The corona situation brought back early marriage context in the country,” said Kiron, founder secretary of Dhaka University Debating Society.
“Around 31 percent girls experience pregnancy without physical and mental preparation. Some 43 percent girls go through fatality due to complication in delivery,” he said.