New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is expected to launch an aggressive campaign against social evils including dowry, child marriage and others in the state from October 2, Monday. The CM had said that he got the inspiration to run a campaign against dowry and child marriage following a demand made by women, who had come to his ‘Lok Samvad’ (public interaction).
The ‘Vikas purush’ had already asked his party men not to attend any marriage in which dowry has been taken. “Do not participate in a marriage ceremony where you have come to know that dowry has been taken,” Kumar had said couple of months ago, while addressing a function.
Nitish’s close aide and party’s general secretary Sanjay Jha, while talking to CNN–News 18 said that Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government is pondering many options which include sacking a government official found involved in taking or giving dowry, imprisonment for abetting child marriages and so on. Jha also hinted that any leader attending lavish marriage parties or participating in child marriages will be ousted from the party.
A few days back, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi launched a mobile application ‘Bandhan Tod’ to fight the rampant social evil of child marriage in the state. The ‘Bandhan Tod’ app creates awareness on resisting child marriage and also provides round-the-clock help to adolescent girls saying no to the practice in the form of an SOS button.
Apart from child-marriage and anti-dowry system, the Bihar government is also planning to integrate seven programs related to women empowerment into an umbrella scheme.
Speaking to News 18, Manju Verma, Bihar’s social welfare and women development minister showered praise on Nitish saying,”Bihar is privileged to have such a chief minister who has been relentlessly working for women empowerment. Being a nodal department, our ministry is helping to meet his targets. Come October 2 a new dawn will usher in.”
The launch of state government’s ambitious drive against dowry and child marriage will coincide with the inauguration of ‘Bapu Hall’, which has the capacity of 5,000 people.