Bihar CM Nitish Kumar criticized practice of child marriage in state

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has criticized the practice of child marriage in Bihar terming it the main reason for stunted growth of children in the state.

Addressing a function in Jehanabad, yesterday, Kumar said, to get rid of social maladies prevailing in the society, the state government would launch a concerted campaign against child marriage and dowry system from 2nd October this year.

Stressing that the state has a problem of stunted growth of children he urged people to keep away from a child marriage and dowry.

The report by the International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, has said, Four out of every 10 children in Bihar suffer from stunting, a condition marked by impaired growth and development. The prevalence of child stunting in the state is about 48 per cent.

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