TEZPUR, March 17 - Early marriage is one of the most common social ills prevailing among some sections of the society, which results in pregnancies of the teenaged girls who are typically not ready for the responsibility that pregnancy brings. They even do not know how to take care of their bodies during pregnancy. For such conditions, a number of minor girls in the society for their early marriage fail to pursue their minimum education. Touching upon such serious issues a mega awareness campaign was organized by the National Health Mission, Sonitpur at Dibrudorrong Tea estate, near Dhekiajuli town in Sonitpur district on Monday.
The programme was inaugurated by Kishan Kumar Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Health) in the presence of Dr. Krishna Kemprai, Joint Director of Health Services, Sonitpur. In connection with the day-long programme, a free health check-up camp was also organized in the area with the help of Mobile Medical unit staff and Sanjeevani unit of Sonitpur IEC counselling with distribution of leaflets and display of various banners and poster of various health messages, presentation of street plays by the workers of the Dhekiajuli Block PHC etc., were also part of the programme for bringing awareness among the pregnant women present in the programme.
Kishan Kumar Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Health) addressing the participants said that early marriage is a kind of human rights violation. Joint Director, Health, Dr Krishna Kemprai spoke on how early marriages have been affecting the society and depriving the growing minors from their rights of the life. �Only because of early marriages, many minor girls in the age group of 15 to 19 years have to embrace untimely death,� she said. Paragjyoti Saikia who was also present in the programme urged the people to be aware of the issue thereby help in building a healthy society.