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Assam CM Vows to Eradicate Child Marriage, Repeal Outdated Act: Bold Pledge Unveiled

  • Posted on February 26, 2024
  • Politics

Assam CM, Himanta Biswa Sarma, vehemently opposes child marriage and vows to repeal the Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorces Registration Act, 1935. His firm stance triggers a political debate, with BJP supporting and opposition parties criticizing the move. Sarma pledges to end child marriage before 2026.

Assam CM Vows to Eradicate Child Marriage, Repeal Outdated Act: Bold Pledge Unveiled Image Source

Assam's Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, delivered a resolute address, vehemently opposing the scourge of child marriage. Firmly asserting his stance, Sarma declared an unwavering commitment to combat this societal ill throughout his tenure. He specifically targeted the Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorces Registration Act, 1935, vowing its repeal to safeguard the rights and well-being of children.

Sarma's impassioned speech was underscored by a clear message: under his leadership, child marriage will find no haven in Assam. He articulated this sentiment vividly, asserting, "As long as I am alive, I will not let child marriage take place in Assam." This proclamation resonated with determination and resolve, leaving no room for ambiguity.

The Chief Minister's pledge to repeal the outdated legislation was met with both acclaim and criticism. While supporters lauded his decisive action in combating a long-standing social issue, detractors voiced concerns over the perceived discriminatory implications of the repeal. The Act's provisions, allowing marriages below the legal age, had come under scrutiny for perpetuating the cycle of child marriage.

In the wake of the cabinet's approval to repeal the Act, Sarma reiterated his commitment to eradicating child marriage from Assam's societal fabric. He outlined a comprehensive strategy aimed at both legislative reform and proactive enforcement measures. Sarma's vision extended beyond mere legal amendments; he envisioned a cultural shift, wherein child marriage would be universally condemned and actively prevented.

The repeal of the Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorces Registration Act, 1935, heralded a new chapter in the state's ongoing battle against child marriage. Sarma framed this decision as a pivotal step towards safeguarding the rights and dignity of children, particularly young girls vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

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Looking ahead, Sarma outlined a roadmap for sustained action, including heightened enforcement measures and targeted awareness campaigns. He underscored the need for collective effort, urging stakeholders across society to join hands in the fight against child marriage. Sarma's leadership on this issue underscored a broader commitment to social justice and human rights in Assam.

As the state prepares for future legislative and enforcement initiatives, the Chief Minister's words serve as a rallying cry for change. His impassioned plea for a child-friendly Assam resonates not only in the hallowed halls of governance but also in the hearts and minds of citizens across the state.

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