RANGPUR, April 12 (BSS) - Speakers at a huge rally of students and guardians yesterday said although number of child marriages has dropped in recent times, it still hinders the normal growth and education of the girl children in the rural areas.
They urged for launching social movement involving everyone in the society including students and guardians to end the social menace that is destroying and shattering the health, hopes, aspirations and future of a girl child.
Authorities of Hariswar Taluk High School with the assistance of British Council organised the rally at the school ground under Rajarhat upazila of Kurigram district.
With Chairman of the School Managing Committee Chairman Abdul Mazid Mian in the chair, chairman of Rajarhat upazila parishad Alhaj Abu Nur Mohammad Akhteruzzaman attended the rally as the chief guest.
Upazila Muktijoddha Commander Rajab Ali and Executive Director of Ghasful Nari O Shishu Unnayan Sangstha Kalpona Begum were present as special guests.
Headmaster of the school Abdul Latif Mollah, its teachers Aminul Islam, Zamiatul Islam, Sirajul Islam, and a number of male and female guardians and students of the school also addressed the rally.
The speakers said education of a large number of rural adolescents specially girls is still being hampered because of child marriage, which is also a leading factor behind malnutrition and even premature deaths during deliveries of infants.
They suggested for strengthening the ongoing campaign against the social curse and ensuring registration of all marriages and inclusion of necessary curriculum in the schools about the severe impact of child marriages.
At the end, hundreds of the participating students and guardians vowed for not allowing child marriage in their own families, respective neighboring areas, mohollas and villages under the upazila.