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Expert for raids to stop child marriage

The Bihar State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson, Nisha Jha, said raiding teams should be formed in the state to stop child marriages.

Jha was addressing a state-level conference on child marriages organised by the Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas Parishad at AN Sinha Institute of Social Studies on Friday.

She added: “As in the case of people accused of encouraging child labour are punished, strict action with monetary fines should be imposed against those who are involved in child marriages. Though there are laws for this, implementation is not being done. It is important to change the old mindset and understand that education is the very important. People should get connected to chaupal culture and keeping the mukhiya in good faith, campaign should be started against the social crime.”

Jha suggested three things to speed up the campaign. “First, youth should be connected with the campaign. Secondly, nukkad natak based on life history should be organised to spread awareness and lastly, children themselves should be made aware about the problems caused by getting married in early age. Children, if explained how much difficulties they would have to face if they got married in an early age, they would get aware and they themselves can say no to child marriage. In fact, parents have to bear the double burden when they do this.”

D.N. Diwakar, the joint secretary of social welfare department, said: “It is surprising that child marriage cases are still being witnessed in spite of laws to stop it. The social welfare department has decided to prepare an action plan.”