Efforts on to prevent child marriages
THE STATE Government has said all out efforts would be made to prevent child marriages on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya (Akha Teej) falling on April 30.india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 01:21 IST
THE STATE Government has said all out efforts would be made to prevent child marriages on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya (Akha Teej) falling on April 30.
The State Government has issued instructions to all district Collectors to take all precautionary steps for this. Copies of the action plan chalked in this regard have been sent to all districts to carry out an effective child marriage prevention campaign. They have been directed to draw up a specific action plan factoring in the traditions, practices and castes in respective districts.
Under the action plan, an anti-child marriage week would be organised during which meetings of Government officials, public representatives, media persons, community-based organisations, and voluntary institutions and enlightened citizens would be held at district/block and village levels.
Caste leaders and organisations will issue an appeal to people to shun and prevent child marriages at this meeting. After this, rallies will be organised. Gatherings of pundits, maulvis, barbers etc who are actively associated with marriage rituals will also be organised where they would be persuaded to decline offers to perform rituals in child marriages.
Special meetings of Mahila Mandals, women’s self-help groups and Swayamsiddha groups will also be organised where they would be educated about the ill effects of child marriages. Mother-daughter conventions would be held to heighten awareness against child marriages.
Active cooperation of local artistes and kala pathak troupes will be enlisted and messages against child marriages will be spread through street plays, songs and other programmes.
Anganwadi workers will also educate people about this during their home visits and seek cooperation of public representatives, health personnel, Shikshakarmis, adolescent girls and distinguished citizens in the campaign.
Painting and essay competitions on prevention of child marriages will also be organised at district, block and village levels with community’s cooperation. A special publicity campaign will also be launched. Boys and girls will be made to tie Raksha Sutra to their parents making them to pledge against child marriages. For this, a programme would be organised at every anganwadi centre.
Teams will be constituted with the help of police for keeping surveillance and watch on mass marriages on Akshaya Tritiya for prevention of child marriages there.