Bihar govt planning to appoint little schoolgirl as brand ambassador

Bihar govt planning to appoint little schoolgirl as brand ambassador

PATNA: The state government in Bihar is planning to appoint Hansika, a schoolgirl, as brand ambassador of the state for her fight against the child marriage which remains in practice despite all the campaigns.

The class nine girl student enrolled in a government school had refused to marry and even got her wedding stopped on Tuesday by filing a formal complaint against her parents, thus earning huge applause from the government.

“She has done a wonderful job. Her message is to all those families who want to marry their children in tender age. My department will honour the little girl who has set a new example for the society,” Bihar education minister Krishna Nandan Verma told the media on Thursday.

The Women Development Corporation (WDC), the nodal agency for implementing women development programmes in the state, too hailed the brave act of the little girl and announced to declare her as “brand ambassador”.

“We will declare her as our brand ambassador on the occasion of launch of the Chief Minister Girls Upliftment Scheme on August 3,” WDC’s managing director Dr N Vijayalaxami told the local media.

Authorities have become a fan of the school girl soon after her story was reported in the media on Wednesday.

As per the report, her parents had fixed her marriage with a boy from neighbouring Bhojpur district and the wedding was scheduled to solemnised on July 20.

On Tuesday, her would-be in-laws even reached the girl’s home to participate in pre-wedding rituals, marking forma start of wedding process. Everyone was happy in the girl’s family but she wanted the marriage to be postponed. She requested everyone she could to postpone this wedding but failed in her attempt.

Left with no option, the girl rushed to the local Bihta police station in Patna district and urged the police to postpone her wedding saying she wants to complete her studies before wedding.

“Please stop my wedding, sir. My parents have fixed my marriage against my wishes. I want to complete my study first,” she told the cops, urging them to stop her wedding soon.

Within no time, the local station house officer Ranjit Kumar Singh reached the girl’s house and stopped her wedding after talking to her parents. He even got a bond filled up by her parents wherein they promised to perform her marriage only after she attains adulthood.

“My first priority is study…I want to achieve something in life before entering into wedlock,” she said. According to her, she got inspired by the ongoing “Pahale padai, phir vidai” (study first, marriage later) campaign on the school campus. Her act has earned huge applause from the authorities and villagers alike.

Child marriages remain a matter of serious concern in Bihar despite the campaigns being launched by the state government. In January this month, the state government even formed a human chain across the state against the twin evils of dowry and child marriages but the malaise still continues.

Gulf News and TheBiharPost

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