Bhubaneswar, 22 September. Despite the increase in the level of education, there are still complaints of child marriage in the society. At the same time, with the aim of preventing child marriage, a unique initiative has been taken in Nayagarh, a small district of Odisha, by registering the information of adolescent girls.
It is named Aliva program. From date of birth registration to Aadhaar number and family details to skill training, information of 48,642 adolescent girls has been recorded in this register. The total population of this small village of Odisha is 9,62,789 while the sex ratio of Nayagarh is 855. Child marriage is still practiced in different places of the district. Which the people here consider to be part of the social customs.
Increasing dropout rate of girls in school due to child marriage
Due to child marriages being performed in the age group of 14-19 years, the dropout among girls students is high i.e. the number of girls dropping out of school is very high. After which the district administration started the Aliva program in January 2021. Anganwadi workers have been asked to identify and keep a watch on every girl child coming under their jurisdiction. 1,584 registers are available in 1,584 Anganwadi centers in the district.
This information has been entered in the register of 100 pages.
In a register of 100 pages, the name of the girl’s father along with his record is also kept. In which every page contains data of teenage girl including education, date of birth registration, Aadhar card number, contact details and family details. The age of the girl is approved by the headmaster, father, supervisor and Child Marriage Prohibition Officer (CMPO) of the local school.
State aims to end child marriage by 2030
Information about child marriage, educational progress, skill training status and health issues of adolescent girls is given at the end of the register. Nayagarh district has decided to maintain the record for the period of 10 years – 2020 to 2030. As per Odisha’s Child Marriage Prevention Strategy, the state aims to eliminate child marriage by 2030.
Names of 48,642 adolescent girls were registered in
The names of 48,642 adolescent girls were registered in this. In which there are about 9,421 girls in the age group of 10 to 19 years in Ranapur block alone. The lowest number of 2,092 girls were registered in Ganiya block. The register has been useful to law enforcement agencies, as parents attempt to lie about the age of their girls to avoid punishment.
Unique initiative to stop child marriage in small district of Odisha, data of adolescent girls was registered
Story first published: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 19:31 [IST]