April 17, 2021

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The government is being strict in preventing violence and sabotage: Home Minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the government was working hard to curb violence and sabotage. He told reporters after a meeting on the law and order situation at the secretariat on Tuesday afternoon. The minister also called for the closure of Qawmi madrassas in compliance with government restrictions.Recently, Hefazat-e-Islam carried out violence in several areas including Brahmanbaria and Narayanganj. During this time, the workers vandalized and set fire to various important installations. There have been several cases in different police stations of the country including the capital.

The Home Minister warned that the government would strictly suppress any further sabotage attempt in the country. He said that the administration of the whole country has been instructed accordingly.

The minister further said that the destruction was carried out at the instigation of a mahal in Chittagong’s Hathazari, Brahmanbaria and Faridpur’s Saltha. He urged everyone to be careful about them.

Mentioning that innocent people have lost their lives in these violence on various pretexts, the Home Minister said, “We have held the meeting to maintain law and order.” We have seen innocent people lose their lives in violence without any excuse. Among those who lost their lives in other places including Brahmanbaria, they were more outsiders than madrasa students, more ordinary people. We don’t want anyone to be killed.

Meanwhile, the minister also called for the closure of Qawmi madrasas as corona infection is on the rise in the country. He also said that all kinds of events and public gatherings should be avoided.

/ JP /
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Sarikait is an adjoining union of Sandwip, an island upazila in Chittagong. Aktara Begum of this remote area got a good pot in the hope of happiness and secretly married her only daughter Sumi when she was only 14 years old. But after getting married you are in new danger. The daughter’s son-in-law quit his job after marriage.

Meanwhile, the girl is now ill after giving birth to a child before the year of marriage. Aktara Begum said, poor people, there is no money for education. So I got married. Now that she has a grandson, she is sick. The daughter’s son-in-law also does not work.

Child marriage has been rampant in this remote upazila for a long time. Poverty, lack of women’s employment and social security, the mentality of not wanting to miss out on expatriates, the temptation to relocate to the mainland are some of the reasons why parents are marrying girls at such a young age. In some cases, young girls are being married off the island. In that case, it is easy to evade the law enforcement or the administration.

Asked about this, student Kazi Fateha said, “First of all, child marriage is more prevalent here due to poverty. Parents lack awareness outside of this.

At least 6 government and non-government organizations are working for the protection of women in Sandwip. Among them are National Women’s Organization and Bangladesh Nari Pragati Sangha-BNPS.

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