Event on Sharing Findings of Analysis on Child Marriage related Laws in South Asian Countries

20 August, 2017
Almost half of the child marriages that occur in the world takes place in South Asia. Age old prejudice, social stereotypes, religion believes, security concerns for the girl child are some of the main reasons behind this malicious social practice.
To learn from best practices on which country is implementing what kinds of legal apparatus in addressing child marriage, Tipping Point project commissioned a study. Findings of the study was shared in an event organized by Tipping Point on sharing the findings of analysis of laws regarding child marriage in south Asian Countries, on 20 August 2017 at BRAC Centre. The study was conducted by Dr. Shahnaz Huda, Professor, Department of Law, University of Dhaka.

Mr. Kazi Reazul Hoque, Honorable Chairman of National Human Rights Commission graced the event as Chief Guest and senior representatives from Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs spoke as special guests in the event. In addition Advocate Salma Ali, Executive Director, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association and Mithila Farzana, Current Affairs Editor, Ekattor Media also spoke as special guests.

Advocate Salma Ali spoke on feasibility of the court system to determine best interest of the child and challenges in administering the system. Mithila Farzana spoke on the role of media in ensuring proper interpretation of the new law and prevention of child marriage. Renowned Activists such as Hameeda Hossain and Dina Siddiqui were also present in the meeting. Chief Executives of national legal aid organizations, donor and NGO representative were also present in the meeting. Significant efforts were made to bring the three parties- Government, Civil Societies and Human Rights Commission to come together and discuss the new law in order to safeguard girl’s rights in the rules of procedure for operationalizing the new law.
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