Health Desk—October 13, 2017: Participants at a discussion in the capital on Thursday criticised the nineteenth clause of Child Marriage Restraint Act-2017.
They said that the rising trend of child marriages across the country is due to existence of the clause.
They were participating at a discussion jointly organised by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) and Bangladesh Shishu Academy.
Mamunur Rashid of Save the Children presented a keynote paper on the Latest State of Child Marriage in Bangladesh at the discussion held at the Shishu Academy auditorium in Doyel Chattar area.
Discussants also said that the nineteenth clause of the Act will hinder advancement of girls both socially and economically.
Participants lamented saying that a growing number of countries are rising the legal age of marriage, but it our country early marriage is allowed with parental consent or court consent.
They said that it would be difficult to stop the bad practise as more than two thirds of child marriages are still taking place below the minimum age permitted by law.
MoWCA additional secretary Mizanur Rahman, Street Children Rehabilitation Project director Abul Hossain, Shishu Academy director Anjir Liton, Plan International advisior Tahmina Haque, child parliament members Meftahun Nahar and Sajeda Akhtar were present among others.