Marrying a minor girl off has to be made socially unacceptable so that guardians abstain from such a crime, speakers at a roundtable said on Thursday.The roundtable titled ‘What needs to be done to eliminate child marriage’ was organised by Prothom Alo in association with UNICEF at the daily’s office in the city.Addressing the roundtable, Nasima Begum, secretary to the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs, said there has been widespread misinterpretation of the Clause 19 of the Child Marriage Restraint Act.She lamented that people are vilifying the government for the special provision in the act. She maintained there are many terms to be met before a minor is married off under that provision, which would make it a rarity. Nasima said that provision will only be used in the highest interests of the girl.To this end, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust honourary executive director Sarah Hossain said the law should clearly mention that the consent of the girl is a must in such a situation.If a girl is forced to get married as a minor she should be able to call it void when she becomes a major, Sarah also suggested, referring to such a provision in the Muslim Marriage Law.Neha Kapil, chief of Communication for Development at UNICEF, said a multisectoral response is a must to tackle child marriage. The role of the parents is vital here and that is why they should be made aware that getting a child married is socially unacceptable.UNICEF gender and development specialist Roshni Basu stressed the need for more investment to ensure girls get proper education. She also said there should be more efforts to eliminate gender discrimination.Abul Hossain, project director of Multi-sectoral Programme on Violence against Women, said the media should do more to create awareness to this end.Tania Haque, a faculty of Dhaka University’s women and gender studies department, urged the government to allocate more funds for research to this end. She also suggested incorporating lessons on human behaviour, attitude and manners in the syllabus. Plan International Bangladesh deputy country director for programmes Soumya Guha said education has to be humane and practical to ensure the plans get properly implemented.BRAC gender and diversity programme head Habibur Rahman said the home and education ministries should work with the women and children’s affairs ministry in tandem to help eliminate child marriage.He also said there should be a clear definition of this ‘highest interest’ as mentioned in the special provision.Humaira Farhanaz, national programme officer (gender, adolescent and youth) of UNFPA, said steps should be taken to help girls increase life skills, which will make them more confident.Mentioning that there are many cases where guardians think girls are not safe at the schools or workplaces, she underscored the need for a campaign against sexual harassment.Young girls should also have access to reproductive health services to handle the situation better, she observed.
Share – / 2 A 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas was laid to rest Wednesday in her hometown of Karachi.Sabika Sheikh was among 10 students and staff slain Friday at Santa Fe High School. The alleged shooter is 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is being held on capital murder charges.Sabika had planned to return home in a few weeks for Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.She was her family’s oldest child and began classes at Santa Fe High School last August. She had hoped to one day join Pakistan’s foreign service.Her tearful father was there to receive the body at Karachi airport early Wednesday. Abdul Aziz Sheikh has said he hopes her death leads to stricter gun control in the United States.Later, thousands of mourners, including the provincial governor, attended her funeral at a city mosque.“Before her death, she was just my daughter, but now she is the daughter of Pakistan, and it is only because of the love of people, who mourned her killing,” her father said.The shooting reignited the debate over gun control in the United States. Pakistan requires gun owners to be licensed, but the rules are poorly enforced, particularly in the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan. Heavily armed militant groups have carried out scores of attacks in recent years.
Stree presents a broad range of over 300 works from Swaraj Art Archive exploring the female form as perceived by both male and female artists spanning from the pre-independence to the post-independence era. The event begins from January 23 onwards and will be held at the Swaraj Archive, Sector 2, Noida. Divided into five categories, the exhibition is spread across mediums representing the woman as an emotion – harmony; love; pride; devotion; and acquiescence; throwing light on the stylistic differences in artists’ expression conveyed by the female form. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It includes works by about 100 artists, from Kalighat painters to Arpana Caur, whose names will not be disclosed on the walls, allowing the observer to walk through the show unaccompanied by the predisposition associated with the identity of an artist. The show provides a visual comparative of the iconography associated with each of the above emotions showcasing the depth of Indian art from the 1850’s to now.Every artist possesses an individual artistic sensibility which, when driven by raw emotion, truly manifests into his creation, affecting the form, composition and its dialogue with the observer. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDivided into five sub-concepts, the exhibition spreads across time, mediums, scales and histories representing the woman as an expression of an emotion.The exhibition comprises over 300 works representing the ‘woman’ as an expression of an emotion. Providing a visual comparative of the iconography associated with each of the emotions – Harmony, Love, Pride, Devotion and Acquiescence – the collection showcases the depth of Indian art from the 1850’s to the present. This Exhibition aims to show the depth of Indian Art in its entirety. The non-chronological display of the artworks, segregated via emotions, which translate themselves into certain physical decipherable forms, allows the viewer to read and dwell into the art itself, rather than assess it pragmatically based on market researches associated with specific artists. A small effort has been made with this exhibition for the art to speak for itself without being weighed down or enhanced by the artists’ biographies. The viewer will then experience art without judgment and/or in comparison to the plethora of stylistic languages through Indian Art.
Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided various locations and office premises of Shree Ganesh Jewellery House here in connection with a Rs 2,672 crore money laundering case, an official said. “Our officials have started search operations at 11 locations including Shree Ganesh’s office premises and residences of its senior officials in the city,” an ED official said. The agency has been investigating the case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 and under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Based on a complaint of defrauding a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) for non-payment of loan to the tune of Rs 2,672 crore, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had earlier commenced an investigation against the company. Subsequently, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had, in June 2018, arrested Nilesh Parekh, the promoter of the company in the alleged diversion of primary gold of over 1,700 kg. According to DRI officials, the firm having several units in Manikanchan Special Economic Zone (MKSEZ), Kolkata, was allegedly involved in diversion of gold imported duty free on the strength of being a nominated agency and also in its capacity as an SEZ unit. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “Currently, Parekh is on an interim bail and there was restriction on his movement outside of the city. We are in process of finalising a charge sheet against him, which will be filed soon,” a DRI official told IANS. During investigations, the agency found the accused to “be actively involved in the fraud of diversion of primary gold of over 1,700 kg among other violations like non-realization of remittance on account of export of gems and Jewelleries to the tune of Rs 7,500 crore” to the several dummy and shell companies at Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.