SIRAHA, 21 AUGUST
Religious gurus and older people from various ethnic communities today pledged to reduce child marriage in Siraha.
Elderly people from ethnic communities participating in an interaction organized by the Dalit Development Front in Mirchaiya pledged to fight against child marriage.
Jibaccha Prasad Sah from the Sah community said he would do everything possible to discourage child marriage in the village. “People know that child marriage is bad, but they pursue it because of deeply rooted traditional beliefs. I will play a leading role in controlling such marriages,” Sah added.
The state announced illegal and punishable child marriage 20 years ago, but the practice continues to this day, admitted Laxman Pandit of the Pandit community. “People report to us before they marry their daughters. We will discourage them from marrying girls who have reached the age of 20,” Pandit said.
Ram Narayan Mahato of the Mahato community held the dowry system, lack of education and superstition responsible for child marriage.
“The state of education is pitiful. Lack of education and dowry system lead to increased cases of child marriage. Emphasis should be on education to end child marriage “, he added.
On the show, Inspector Shyam Prakash Yadav said child marriage is a punishable crime. “Child marriage is a crime in the eyes of the law. So residents must report to the police, court and local judicial committee,” Inspector Yadav added.
The marriageable age is 20 years in Nepal.
A version of this article appears in the August 22, 2021 print of The Himalayan Times.