A rally and Seminar on child marriages in Dadu

ABID ALI SOLANGI
DADU: An NGO SSO – Sujag Sanar Organziation with collaaboration of Catapult Organization organized a seminar on child marriages at Ideal school Khairpur Nathan Shah town on Saturday.
Seminar on child marriages was attended by a big number of civil society activists, teachers, students, citizens and journalists and others.
Speaking at seminar, president Khairpur Nathan Shah Press Club, Ahmed Khan said that Sindh government deserve praise for passing the law but he said that we appeal to the Sindh government for its implementation, otherwise this law would be of no use.
Gulsher Panhwer from Sujag Sansar while sharing survey results of 2014, conducted by SSO in 50 village of taluka Johi said that out of total 183 marriages in these villages in a year period 43 were child marriages. He said that out of total 2326 marriage couples only 226 were registered marriages. He said that main reasons of the child marriages cited in survey were vata-sata, poverty, outdated traditions, fear of the parents that if not married at younger age girl will elope.
Zafar Lakhair, chairman of the school said that we teachers better understand that education can empower girls and help them to avoid child marriages and we are ready to spread the word to others. He said that we salute Sindh Assembly members for this law against child marriages
Nikahkhwan, Muhammad Waris said that after attending serious of programs of SSO, I refused to perform three nikahs where girls were minor. He said that after the passage of the time, law would be implemented fully in the province.
While speakers at the seminar collectively admired the efforts of Sindh Assembly members for passing law against the child marriages and theater story on child marriages was also presented by SSO Team.
However, at the end of program, the rally was taken out from school to honour the Sindh assembly members passing the law. Participants carrying banners play cards and raised slogans in the support of the mover of the bill. Rally was led by the principal of the school, Ghulam Nabi Rustmani, Hakim Zadi from Sujag Sansar and others.