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12:00 AM, January 17, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:40 AM, January 17, 2017

Scrap law on girls' marriage before 18

Views-exchange meeting urges PM

Speakers at a views-exchange meeting yesterday requested the prime minister to scrap the special provision which allows marriageable age for females before 18 under the proposed Child Marriage Prevention Act-2016.

If the government include the provision, it will be misused and the number of child marriage will increase a lot across the country, especially in the rural, char and slum areas, they told the programme at the capital's Brac Centre.

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Representatives from different local and international NGOs and journalists took part in it, while the NGOs announced arranging a mass gathering at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka at 3:00pm tomorrow protesting inclusion of the provision.

Laila Khondkar, director (child protection) of Save the Children; Muslima Jahan, a reporter of Prothom Alo, Jinat Ara Haque, national coordinator of We Can Bangladesh; Banasree Mitra Neogi, programme coordination of Manusher Jonno Foundation; Habibur Rahman, programme head (gender justice and diversity) of Brac; Wasim Uddin Bhuiyan, reporter of New Age; and ANM Kaiser Jilani, a team leader of Care, spoke.

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