Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Sept 13: BDO Thakur Gauri Shankar Sharma today convened a meeting at the Gamharia Block Office where he elucidated on mass awareness in rural areas to eradicate the stigmas of superstition, voodoo and to promote education and allround development of girls and young women. Addressing the meeting, the BDO explained that promoting education and discouraging child marriage were essential to imoprove the lot of girls and young women.
Sharma said that the rural areas reported widespread superstitious beliefs and faith in voodoo and black magic and these blind practices could be stopped through mass awareness drives at panchayat levels. As for the girls, it was important to educate them in health and hygiene matters so that they did not face difficulties through their growing up years. “Girls between the age groups of six and 14 years should be ensured education as these are their formative years and education would go a long way in imbibing them with the desire for learning more. As they venture out on the higher education level, they will become aware of the vast spectrum of the social fabric and will also be economically independent,” the BDO said.
Thakur Gauri Shankar Sharma stressed that girls should be made aware of the remedies to their problems through their formative years. Special emphasis was laid on the allround development of girls, teenagers and young women. He directed that if any child is employed for earning purposes or if there are instances of child marriage as both are illegal, the matter should be reported to the Block Office and stringent action would be taken against the propagators.
Among others present in the meeting chaired by the BDO were the District Child Welfare Officer Santosh Kumar Thakur, Prakhand Pramukh Amrita Tudu, Block Education Officer Kanan Patra, SDPO, Mukhiyas of all panchayats under the Block and others.