Jamshedpur: Social organization Youth Unity For Voluntary Action (Yuva) today organized a district level workshop against child marriage at Tata Steel Zoological Park Auditorium.
The workshop was formally inaugurated by the chief guest Mrs. Ranjana Mishra, director, DRDA. She lighted a lampion and inaugurated the workshop. The District Child Protection Officer, Ms. Chanchal Kumari, the regional director of CWS Mr. Monimoy Sinha, prominent social activist Mr. Bailey Bodhanwala, Mrs. Prabha Jaiswal and Mrs. Anjali Bose were the guests of honour. The workswhop was organized with the active help of Development Focus and LGSS.
Addressing the workshop, Mrs. Ranjana Mishra said that social evils like child marriage usually enjoy the patronage of the elite sections of the society. And the members of such elite sections normally indulge in dominating and anarchic behavior in the name of traditions and family prestige. She said that such domineering behavior can be responded to appropriately only by women. She said that the role of the government is only that of facilitation. Voluntary social organizations and teachers, who have direct contact with the people, would have to step forward. She also focused on the need for girls to venture into all areas of life and career and said that only girls can bring about a positive change for other girls.
Addressing the workshop, Barnali Chakraborty, secretary, Yuva, said that Yuva has launched a campaign against child marriage in Potka block with the help of Development Focus and LGSS. She siadthat Yuva has been trying to create awareness against child marriage with the help of Yuva Mitras in 20 villagels of Potka. She said that recently Yuva Mitras protected four minor girls from child marriage.
She said that the most important issue in this campaign is that of rehabilitating such children and the task of bringing them back to mainstream of education.
Ms. Chanchal Kumari, District Child Protection Officer, threw light on the efforts being made in this regard by the government. She said that the government would try to get such girls admitted into Kasturba Vidyalayas, which are residential schools for girls. She also appealed to social organizations to come forward to extend help in rehabilitating such girls who have been protected from child marriage.
Mr. Manimoy Sinha, regional director, CWS, said that the average age of marriage in Jharkhand is 16.8, which is a cause for worry. He said that the first law against child marriage was made in 1929. He said that law would be abided by only when the society is strengthened.
The programme was also addressed by social activist Bailey Bodhanwala, Prabha Jaiswal, secretary, Adarash Seva Santhan, Anjali Bose, secretary, Mahila Kalyan Sansthan and Narendra Kumar, treasurer, Yuva.
After the inaugural session, a discussion for Yuva Mitras was also organized. The discussion was conducted by Chandmani Sawaiya and Uma Kumari.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Pramod Kumar.
Those who worked hard to make the workshop a success included Amit Upadhyay, Samir Mahato, Abhishek Sardar, Sunita Mishra, Dulal Mandal, Anjana Deogam and Sita.