MANGALDAI, March 4 - The Deputy Commissioner of Darrang district Ghanashyam Dass has advocated a holistic approach from all sections of the people as well as strict implementation of the relevant laws for eradication of child marriage.
The Deputy Commissioner was addressing a public meeting recently at Roinakuchi LP School at Ramraipara village under Pathorighat Revenue Circle organised by the District Child Protection unit in association with the district administration as a part of the awareness campaign against child marriage in the district.
Underlining the importance of pro-active role of the society to report incidents of child marriage for the protection and safeguard of children, the Deputy Commissioner urged upon the public to inform the district administration over phone at toll free Nos. 1098 and 1077 respectively.
He at the same time asserted that drastic legal action will be taken against anyone involved in such cases, including parents, priests, legal practitioners and guests enjoying marriage parties.
�The prevalence of child marriages in these days of modernisation is very unfortunate and we must fight to root out this social menace. Relevant laws have to be strictly followed, but at the same time the public should play a very proactive role,� he maintained.
He also explained about the evil effects of child marriage on the future health of the girl child and his present efforts to control the dropout rate of girl students and increase enrolment of girl students in schools.
The meeting which was presided over by Rajen Chandra Das, Chairman of District Child Welfare Committee, also witnessed discussion on many other relevant topics, including legal provisions associated with the Child Marriage Act-2006, POCSO Act, non-report of child marriage cases, etc.
ADC Pankaj Chakravarty, DSP (HQ), Darrang, Mamoni Hazarika, District Child Protection Officer Kubendra Warisa, member of District Juvenile Justice Board Lutfur Rahman and Pallavi Sharma, Protection Officer (Institutional Care), DCPU, among others, took part in the discussion.
Ramesh Chandra Saikia, a member of the District Child Welfare Committee while throwing light on the present scenario of child marriage in the district, said that the new District Child Welfare Committee, ever since it took charge in August 2018, over the last few months has been gaining much public response which has led to the cancellation of seven cases of child marriage.
Earlier, Dulal Chandra Deka, social worker-cum-incharge Legal Probationary Officer of DCPU, explained the objectives of the meeting.
The meeting was attended by people from cross sections of the society, including medical officer, village heads, registered religious marriage registrars, teachers, anganwadi workers and mediapersons, among others.