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Save Your Rights, Combat Forced Marriage

Deputy British High Commissioner Mark Clayton yesterday inaugurated a poster exhibition titled ‘Save Your Rights Combat Forced Marriage’ in Sylhet.
The British High Commission has dealt with over 80 forced marriage cases over the last 4 years.
The exhibition features posters from students of colleges, universities and art colleges from across Bangladesh. Mohammad Sakhawat Hossain Additional DIG, Sylhet Range, Bangladesh Police and Professor Dr. Md. Aminul Haque Bhuyan, Vice Chancellor, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology attended as guests.
At the opening ceremony Mark Clayton said, ‘Forcing someone into marriage was made a criminal offence in the UK in June 2014. In Bangladesh it is also a criminal offence under the Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act 2000 to force someone to marry without their consent for a much longer time. So we stand as one on this important issue.
Forced marriage is not a topic which might readily comes to the mind as a concept for a poster competition. But the results here speak for themselves. I have been bowled over by the way in which the artists have interpreted the issue and helped raise awareness, developing understanding within communities and with local authorities. We hope that their art, others get the message that forcing someone into a marriage is not only wrong but it’s also a crime.’
The Deputy High Commissioner awarded prizes for the best posters and gave certificates to all participants.
The exhibition will run from 2:00-8:00pm every day until Friday, October 24 at Shah Alam Gallery of Fine Arts, House #3, Block C, Main road, Kumarpara, Sylhet.