Child marriage prevention to be awarded

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PNS: State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki on Thursday said that the government individuals and organizations for preventing child marriages.

The issue of award would be included in the by-laws to be passed under the Child Marriage Restraint Act.
The draft of the by-laws says that the government will take step to award annually individuals or organizations for stopping child marriage.

Parliament passed the chaild marriage prevention bill on February 27, limiting the minimum age for women to marry at 18 and men at 21, amid criticism by rights groups worried over possibilities of the rise in the rate of child marriage for the special provision. The president signed it on March 11.

The ‘special circumstances’ and the minimum age applicable under the ‘special provision’ have not been specified in the law.

Chumki said the by-laws would remove the confusion.

“We have taken tough action to prevent child marriage. The district Upazila and Thana administrations have been instructed to take tough actions,” she said while addressing ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment: Investing in Emerging.

UN Women Representative Christine Hunter and CARE Bangladesh Country Director Jamie Terzi, among, others, were present at the programme.

“Even those who stop child marriage will be given special awards,” she added.

Chumki emphasised women’s financial independence through education to stop child marriage.

The minister also inaugurated a mobile phone app – ‘Sanjita’ – made by CARE for garment factory workers.
In the programme organized by NGO CARE Bangladesh, 10 women were given awards for their role in the economic sector.

PNS/Baki Billah