Education results a fall-off in child marriages in Rajasthan

Attabari Elementary School

Education is playing an important role in bringing down child marriages in Rajasthan. The rising awareness due to education has resulted a nearly 30 per cent drop in child marriages in the state, said Women and Child Development Minister of Rajasthan, Anita Bhadel.

The remark was made by the minister during an event at Jaipur to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Highlighting the achievements of girls, the State Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf said, it is women who made us proud in Olympics they are no less than men. We need to usher in a change in society for helping women getting equal rights.

It is impossible to imagine a healthy society without women and child marriage is societal taboo, said Minister of Higher Education Kiran Maheshwari. She appealed people to help in curbing the practice in their areas.

Suman Sharma, Chairman of State Women Commission said, “Women have always been strong. We need to make them realise their true potential to provide further strength”.

A six-km marathon from Ram Niwas Garden to Jawahar circle was also organised at the event to support “Beti Bachao, Beti-Padhao” campaign.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated every year on March 8 globally and was first observed in 1911. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

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