Awareness be spread for preventing child marriages : Autak Kachari

Report:  Gulsher Panhwer
DADU Mar. 24: Villages Autaks  are also repositories  and channel for development and transformation of cultural and traditional wisdom. Autakes are also the places where jirga are held with mostly anti women rulings where girls or women are given  compensation for settling the disputes concerning the men,
To debate child marriage issue,  SSO arranged an Autak Kachari on Monday March 23,  in Village Thori, one of the remotest villages in Kachho area of Dadu District in. The activity was arranged with the support of Norwegian Human Right Fund. Large number of men participated.
The Sughars , from different neighbouring villages participated and recited poetry, took part in folk puzzles and other assorted cultural sub themes of folk culture.
The participating villagers offered big ovation to Sughars particularly to Shaafi Muhammad Jamali, Juman Gabol and Muhammad Sidique on their best performance. The folk singer, Gulzar Fakir and his team also presented folk songs on the musical instrument called surndo. Talib Gambrani, poet, singer and musician and chief guest of the kachari recited his poetry and sang songs. The participants were marveled that despite being deprived of eyesight, Talib possessed extraordinary creativity and skills
Mr Razak Birhamani, Ms Noorulain, Gulsher Panhwer, Ms Moomal Malah spoke about the harmful impacts of child marriages, law passed by Sindh Assembly and urged people with folk wisdom to spread this information to other and strive for preventing child marriages in their areas.
After debate the Sujag Song group presented song on child marriages.
Autak is place exclusively for men and women are not allowed to enter and sit in the place, but SSO team with the consent of the hosts broke this outdated barriers and two female social mobilizer from SSO not only sat in the Auatak kachari but also took part in the debate.
Poets, musicians, Sughars said that before this gathering they did not have enough information about child marriage and after receiving the detail information about the grave impacts of child marriages, they would convey this information to others. However two participating men did not agree and commented that campaign against child marriage is against their tradition and they will not allow their sons and daughters to wait till they reach 18 ages for their nuptial. And termed the information against the religion. On this social mobilizer explained to the men that Sindh assembly after consultation with different experts including top religious scholars has passed the law against child marriages thus the law cannot be dubbed as against the religion. But the emotional man seemed not convinced.