Bihar to see human chains against child marriage and dowry in January 2018

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and assembly speaker Vijay Chaudhary flag off a campaign against 'Child marriages and Dowry tradition' on Gandhi Jayanti in Patna

Patna: In yet another show of solidarity against social evils, millions of people will join hands to create human chain on January 21 next year across Bihar for awareness against child marriage and dowry.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made an announcement to that effect while launching a massive drive against child marriage and dowry at newly built Samrat Ashok Convention Centre here on Mahatma Gandhi`s birth anniversary.

According to a survey conducted by Gender Alliance, a grouping of more than 270 civil societies, the incidence of child marriage is as high as 39.1 percent in Bihar, much higher than the national average. More alarmingly, this percentage is higher in 340 blocks than the state`s average.

Dowry death is another major embarrassment for Bihar, which ranks second in the country after Uttar Pradesh in dowry death cases.

A total of 987 women were killed for dowry, where as 4,852 incidents of harassment for dowry were reported in Bihar in 2016, reveals the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).

Gender Alliance has launched the Bandhan Tod appliance to tackle the problems of child marriage and dowry in a holistic manner. The unique feature of this App is that it connects young girls to a peer network in the village to offer support to the potential child marriage through SOS.

World`s longest human chain comprising more than 4 crore people was created across Bihar on January 21 this year against liquor addiction.

–jagritbihar Bureau

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