Vol. 5 Num 215 Fri. December 31, 2004  

Seminar on Protection of Women, Children
Ensure proper enforcement of laws: Moudud

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday underscored the need for creating mass awareness and proper monitoring system to ensure appropriate enforcement of laws.

"We enact a lot of good laws for our people but we must ensure their proper enforcemen through regular monitoring," he said while speaking as the chief guest at a consultation meeting on "Protection of Women and Children-Child Marriage and Domestic Violence," at a local hotel.

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) organised the meeting with its Executive Director Advocate Salma Ali in the chair.

Executive Director of Bangladesh Manabadhikar Bastabayan Sangstha Advocate Sigma Huda and Director of Manuser Jannya, Shaheen Anam also spoke.

Referring to the recently enacted law, Birth Registration Act-2004, as the key instrument to check child marriage, Moudud said the concerned ministry should set up a monitoring cell to ensure proper implementation of this law.

In her keynote paper, Advocate Sarmeen A Faruk emphasised the need for creating mass awareness about the Birth Registration Act to help its strict implementation.

She also suggested enactment of law to stop domestic violence and provide immediate support to the victims of domestic violence.

Moudud urged the members of the civil society, human rights activists and representatives of NGOs to wage a social movement to check child marriage and domestic violence.

He described child marriage as one of the main reasons of domestic violence and said , "If necessary, we can enact new laws or amend the Women and Child Repression Prevention Act to check domestic violence and child marriage."

Moudud gave a brief description about the government's achievements in various fields including population control, women education, enrollment of children in primary schools, empowerment of women and creation of awareness among the women. "We have nothing to be worried as the country is now on the right track," he said.