Dhaka, Bangladesh
Ban on child marriages in India

Ban on child marriages in India

In India child marriages have now become order of our societies thereby igniting grim portents for our development. This is now mostly noticeable in rural belts of the country. As per the prevailing situation noticeable we find that for the male wedding takes place below the age of 21 years of age and for the female it takes place below the age of 18 years or even lower than the above. The moot question which throngs our mind is that why this is so and how overcome this social malaise. The task no doubt is easy it needs year to year slogging on our part. Apart from it the roles by government of India, various state governments and governments of 9 union territories are equally responsible. Along with it the roles by various non-governmental organizations based in different parts of the country are equally responsible to raise wide-ranging campaign against these superstitions of the rural parents. If we turn the pages of statistics we find as per the census of the year 2011, it is estimated to be about 2335 females got married in per lakh female population of India below 18 years of age whereas 2459 males got married in per lakh male population of India below 21 years of age. This gives a clear indication about the lack of social awareness of India's social and cultural milieus. Overall what is required for us is to develop the literacy rates very badly which is still badly lacking. Parents too should be highly literate in this regard. Otherwise how the wards could be given proper education for their upliftment of their wards for their lives enrichment? The tasks no doubt are tough but it needs in-depth introspection and efforts should be initiated from now onwards. How to control the menace of child marriages in India? There are various ways and means available on how to control the menace of child marriages in India. Some of the common ones are stated as follow: Parents and other family members of the child should be educated at first so that then only we can ban child marriage. Immediately after the creation of new entrants in this eternity parents, grandparents and other respectable members of the family must undertake serious note on how to groom the child in order to make them educated and complete person. Through campaigning by both the government of India as well as various non-governmental agencies of the country can end the menace of child marriages. International aid is required to stop the menace of child marriages all over India. Empowerment of girl child is required in order stop the menace of child marriage. Community services all over rural belts of India should be firmly strengthened. Proper laws and policies pertaining to the ban on child marriages should be implemented both by union government of India as well as that of state government and union territories. Danger signals of child marriages in India: Life gets marred very early when child marriage takes place at an early age for both sexes. Girls are badly maltreated in their in-laws because of child marriage. Educational process gets badly hampered for both males and females. Recent actions against child marriages in India: Very recently, say couple of years back there are some girls from the Indian state of West Bengal and some more states of North India deeply revolted against the menace of child marriages in India. Though the parents have already finished off the necessary formalities but those girls were so stern under the influence of overseas NGO's that they revolted back vehemently with the notion that they want themselves to be educated and then get married. This attitude of those girls have deeply stunned illiterate parents of rural belts of rural India that they must change their mental attitude that girls interest should be looked into by them. Same way the parents must look into the interests of male child so that both sexes should be stand up ably well in life. What is best required is the imparting of basic values and education into the children's mind as much as possible. In Bangladesh and other South Asians the above scenarios remain grim like that of India. Those countries are also trying their level best to ban the menace of child marriages in their respective countries like that of their Indian scenarios. As per the data available all over Bangladesh it is estimated to be around 66% of girl child get married earlier which is also not acceptable as the parents of those girls possess poor mental blockage due to lack of literacy in them. We are well aware that couples of years back in India a law by the name of Right to Education Act by the then government of India to enhance the pace of literacy growth in India. Unfortunately we find with utter regret that processes have not bear fruit properly. Though literacy rates might have increased but as per rates of proper education is concerned all around India we find that scenarios are still highly dismal with the desired level has just touched around 40 to 45% out of the total expectations generated by our politicians. That is why many parents of rural belts as well as some from the urban belts think of giving their girl child marry at an early age say below the age of 18 years. That is why we find that those get married at a tender age are forced to work as a menial worker with an aim to sustain their livelihood somehow or rather to sustain their means of livelihood. This sounds utterly shocking in the minds of analytical and rational minded citizens of India, Bangladesh and other prominent South Asian nations. Summing up the above views one point is clear in our mind that child marriage all over India, Bangladesh as well as that of other South Asian nations should be banned instantly otherwise our societies will turn to utter doldrums.

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