Berhampur, Dec 1 (LocalWire): An orientation workshop was conducted jointly by the Ganjam district administration, UNICEF and Action Aid at Chhatrapur to combat child marriage in the district on Saturday.
The district administration roped in 60 leaders from 15 different castes from 22 blocks of the district to educate them about the bad effects of child marriage.
District social welfare officer Manorama Reddy, district social security officer Subhranshu Maharana, ISRD director Sudhir Sabat, CWC member Harihar Padhy and district child protection unit councillor Sujit Behera joined and appealed to the leaders not to organise any child marriage in their locality.
They also sought support of the leaders to take necessary steps and involve everyone to spread the message to make Ganjam a child marriage-free district.
Most of the speakers explained how child marriage leads to infant mortality, maternal mortality and malnutrition.
Debabrat Mahunt, district consultant, Action Aid, shared the purpose of this workshop and described the child protection mechanisms and different schemes available for children in the district.