Police to curb child marriage

- TULARAM PANDEY, KALIKOT

Apr 25, 2014-

The District Police Office has prepared an annual action plan to curb child marriage in the district.

The move comes after stakeholders suggested police to involve actively in curbing child marriage, polygamy and domestic violence. Deputy Superintendent of Police Laxman Gurung said various awareness programmes like rally, interactions, street drama and door-to-door campaign will also be held as part of the action plan. “Child marriage is being practised in Kalikot,” he said, adding that they will also seek support from local political parties, VDCs and government and non-government organisations in this drive.

Likewise, police posts in the district and the Women and Children Service Centre will hold an awareness campaign in their concerned area every month. The action plan states that an estimated around 500,000 will be spent in the campaign in a year and that concerned VDC, the Women and Children Office and various non-government organisations like Save the Children will be approached for financial support.

“Most girls drop out midway due to child marriage. It also promotes bigamy and unmatched marriages and affects women’s health,” District Education Officer Lal Prasad Pokharel said.

According to a survey conducted in 2009, out of 558 marriages Jubitha, Manma, Daha, Pakha, Chhapre, Bharta, Sukatiya, Kalika and Gela VDCs, 335 were child marriages. District Child Rights Officer Motilal Neupane said of the total marriages, Dalit communities have 67 percent child marriages, 22 percent in Chhetri communities, 10 percent in Brahmin communities, one percent in Janajati communities. Meanwhile, Juwatha, Sukatiya and Chhapre VDCs have already been declared as child marriage free areas as per a strategic plan made by the District Child Welfare Committee.

 

Published: 26-04-2014 09:11

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