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VSO addresses child marriage

Durganagar: Volunteer Services Organisation (VSO) in collaboration with Community Medicine Department, Kasturba Medical College (KMC) organised a street play for their latest educational drive on August 30

The initiative was conducted to create awareness about child marriage, which is still prevalent in the area. The members of the organisation performed the play at a local school. It depicted the ill-effects of child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Krishna (14) a high school student and a local, said that he would only get married when he was older and financially stable, to a girl above eighteen.

A significant number of men turned up for the event and VSO seemed satisfied with its efforts. Vishal Gupta, one of the organisers said, “We cannot predict how effective this program has been in terms of applying this policy in real life, but we can definitely say that the men and women are now aware of the issue.”

The teachers of the local school believe that due to VSO’s repeated attempts, the number of children who were wed at a young age has declined. In a class of 81 students this year, none of them have been subjected to child marriage.  “Education has helped generate awareness and opened doors to a new world,” explained Srimati, one of the teachers of the school. “Girls now feel empowered and can disagree with their parents on matters related to marriage.”

Plans on holding such drives in several other villages are under progress. “We plan to set up health camps and hold regular educational drives, until this social evil is completely eradicated,” added Gupta.

Edited by Gargi Kerkar

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