Govt to stop marriage under 15 by 2012: Minister

Govt to stop marriage under 15 by 2012: Minister

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Dhaka – State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki on Monday said that early marriage under 15 years of age can be halted by 2021.She said this while addressing a press conference at secretariat on the early marriage scenario in Bangladesh today.The state minister said the government is very firm to stop child marriage because it is a violation of human rights and an obstacle for women empowerment.She said government has amended Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 keeping provision of stringent punishment and increased fine to discourage child marriage.Chumki said her ministry initiated a help-line (109) for prompt information about child marriage and steps to stop the menace. She said a recent media report based on Unicef’s findings that the rate of child marriage has increased in Bangladesh was based on old data and does not represent the current situation.The state minister asked the media for constructive criticism.She said already the Syhlet is announced as a child marriage free division.She claimed that the rate of child marriage in Bangladesh decreased and it will be reflected in upcoming data of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).

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