Archbishop Tutu hails Bihar chief minister

March 3, 2012 by  
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Archbishop Tutu hails Bihar chief ministerBihar, February 10, 2012: Elders in India to create awareness on evils of child marriage.

Nobel Laureate and anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu has praised Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s steps to end child marriage.

Archbishop Tutu said, “I am impressed by the political will being shown by the chief minister to end discrimination prevalent in the society against the girl child.”

He told a press conference that Kumar has set himself “certain benchmarks, and is looking to achieve certain goals”.

“Political will to fight the ills of child marriage is very important. It is not only a human rights issue. It is also a development issue.”

Archbishop Tutu is in India as part of Elders — a group of independent global leaders brought together by former South African president Nelson Mandela — to create awareness on the ills of child marriage.

Tutu and the Elders team returned to Delhi Thursday after touring Patna to garner support for eliminating child marriage.

The other member of elders who are in India include Ela Bhatt, founder of SEWA, a voluntary organization, Gro Harlem Brundtland, first woman Prime Minister of Norway and Mary Robinson, first woman president of Ireland.

Robinson said, “We are also engaging with grass root workers, students, civil society to create awareness about this burning issue.”

Nearly ten million girls are married out each year before the age of 18 across the world. India stands 14th on the list.

– hindustan times

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