On Monday, October 2, 2017, Bihar’s Chief Minister launched a campaign at state-level against child marriage and dowry, drawing strength from the drive he had launched last year to make Bihar alcohol-free. Nitish said that he would form a human chain on 21st January 2018 in support of this fight.
Nitish Kumar’s government had also implemented prohibition of alcohol and formed a human chain on January 21, 2017 in support of alcohol-free campaign. Similarly, this time, they will put all their efforts to stop the wrong practices like Child marriage and dowry in Bihar. You can Contact Nitish Kumar, to support this campaign.
The JD(U) president was addressing approximately 1500 people in a function planned by the Social Welfare Department at Ashok Convention Centre’s Bapu Sabhaghar, which was inaugurated on Monday. He also appealed to all section of the society to put an end to such social evil practices. ‘Do not view everything from a political angle’, he added.
Bihar ranked 26th in crimes against women, but in dowry related cases the situation was alarming, Nitish said.
Nitish Kumar launched this campaign for the betterment of the state. The awareness programme also include slogans, posters, pamphlets and dramatizing plays and making students and their guardians take a pledge against child marriage and dowry system. To share your idea, you can contact Nitish Kumar WhatsApp Number.
Bihar records the second highest in number of deaths and violence for dowry. The campaigns have women in focus, so that they can live fear-free in the society. The campaign is on large scale, so it will be a big challenge for Bihar Government. N Vijay Lakshmi, Managing Director of Women’s Development Corporation (WDC), Bihar is also in favor of this campaign. According to her, this campaign is an opportunity to make a difference.
N Vijay Lakshmi said that there is high dropout rate of girls from the school after class 9 due to the pressure of early marriage. This results in high rate of female foeticide, stunted growth of newborns and poor maternal health.
In 2016, 987 cases of dowry deaths were recorded in the state, while the number of dowry-related cases was 4,852,” Nitish said, adding that the 39% of child marriage cases in the state, which is also high. He said this was the situation despite of there being laws to eliminate such harsh practices: The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 and the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.
Nitish Kumar is working hard for the welfare of women, since 2006. Starting with the Bicycle Scheme for girls, now he came up with such campaigns to reduce death rate and mental torture for dowry.