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MJF expresses concern over death of teenager on her wedding day

  • Published at 07:41 pm August 3rd, 2021
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The foundation also expressed concern over rising child marriages amid pandemic

Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) has expressed deep concern over the stabbing and subsequent death of a ninth-grader at her house on her wedding day in Badargonj of Rangpur.

In a press release on Tuesday, the organization also expressed its worries over the rising rate of child marriages in Bangladesh.

MJF believes that child marriage has been encouraged by marrying off a ninth grader. 

However, the family said that she was being married off for her own safety as a boy would regularly harass her on her way to and from the madrasa, where she was a student.

To save her from the stalker the parents arranged the marriage yet could not save her. The stalker stabbed and killed her on her wedding day.

They had arranged the marriage without informing the local administration. 

MJF believes that to prevent child marriage more stringent measures should be taken at the local level by various departments of the government, read the statement. 

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A large number of children are being married off at an early age due to reasons like school closure, lack of security and financial inability of parents.

Parents are breaking the law by arranging these marriages in a clandestine manner.

MJF has already sent a letter to the relevant ministry with the aim of creating awareness about violence against women and child marriage, read the release.

Shaheen Anam, executive director of MJF, said: “No specific allocation has been made in the current financial year for the implementation of the National Action Plan for the Prevention of Child Marriage between 2018-30 and for the provision of social security for girl children and adolescents. However, the Bangladesh government is committed to ending child marriage and forced marriage by 2030. 

“Bangladesh ranks fourth in the world in terms of child marriage. So, we hope the government will come forward to fulfill its promise soon,” she said.

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