Steps to be taken to stop child marriage: Chumki
11 November 2015, Nirapad News: “The government has taken a number of steps to stop child marriage in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and they will come into effect from next year,” State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroz Chumki told a gathering at the Dhaka University’s Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building here today.
The state minister said the government had targeted two issues: one, stopping child marriage and two, rehabilitation of street children.
“They have to be attained if Bangladesh was to realise the goal of attaining upper middle-income country status by 2021,” she said.
The minister was speaking at a seminar organized by an NGO, Plan International, to disseminate its findings from a recent study “Getting the Evidence: Asia Child Marriage Initiative”.
Among others, the chairman of the Bangladesh Human Rights Commission, Dr Mizanur Rahman, secretary, Women and Children Affairs Ministry, Nasima Begum, NDC, the Canadian high commissioner to Bangladesh, Benoite Pierre Larami, and UNFPA representative Argentino Pinto participated in the deliberations.
The country director of Plan International (Bangladesh) Cenoet Gebreg Javier chaired the meeting.