Published:  12:13 AM, 12 October 2017

Child marriage slowing down national progress

"The girl child also has the right to get fulfilled all her rights as a human being which is needed to propel her total growth. However in Bangladesh, they are being deprived in many aspects of life," said speakers. "Child marriage is still one of the major social problems in Bangladesh which hinders the total progress," they also said at the program held on the 'Day of the Girl Child' yesterday. "There is no alternative to ensure equal rights for children regardless of their gender to bring social change with a confident generation."

BRAC, Acid Survivors Foundation and Australian Embassy in Dhaka jointly organized the program at Krishibid Institution auditorium in Dhaka. Singer and parliamentarian Momotaz Begom attended it as the chief guest. She said: "The girl child should be encouraged to go ahead with confidence.

These children will lead the country in future. Your awareness and assistance will help to ensure security and rights of the girl children." Australian High Commissioner (acting) Sally-Anne Vincent, executive director of Ain O Salish Kendra Shipa Hafiza and Psychiatrist Mehtab Khanam were present at the program.

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