Child marriage root of half of social ills: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today termed child marriage as the “root of half of the social ills” and sought intensified the campaign against it.

An official statement said Kumar commented that “root of half of the social ills lie in child marriage at a review meeting of Social Welfare Department and instructed officials to run a campaign against it and the dowry system.

He directed to broad base the social campaign by running it together by social welfare, health, education and rural development departments. Kumar also took stock of the progress of welfare schemes like Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah yojna among others.

The meeting, which was participated by Social Welfare Minister Manju Varma, Development Commissioner Shishir Sinha, Principal Secretary to Social Welfare Department Bandana Kini, discussed the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.