Hindustan Zinc rallies in support of anti-child-marriage awareness


24th August 2022: Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company organized a rally to spread awareness on the importance of countering the societal evil of ‘child marriage’. Child marriage is the illegitimate marriage before the legal age of 21 for boys and 18 for girls. During the campaign, more than one lakh people took an oath for freedom from child marriage.
A public representative and the principal of the school administered the anti-child marriage oath in the presence of the entire community. The speakers shed light on the fact that 28.3 percent of child marriages in rural areas and 15.1% in urban areas are an alarming reality for the country. The right to health, nutrition, education, well-being, and employability is denied to the victims of child marriage. There is a risk of early pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Girls who are adversely affected due to child marriage are more likely to experience violence, abuse, and harassment.  Early marriage impacts both boys and girls physically, intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally. It reduces educational opportunities, and it adversely impacts personality development. Even though child marriage majorly affects young girls it is detrimental to boys as well. Since the prohibition of Child Marriage Act was enacted 90 years ago, the government is committed to its continuous efforts to restrict this practice.
Hindustan Zinc in collaboration with Vidya Bhavan, NDS, Seva Mandir, The Football Link, Japan, and GSVS Manjari Foundation organized the campaign. BIAF, Ambuja Cement, Srishti, Tata Strive, Resonance Koswi, Deaf School, Care, Deepak Foundation, Wockhardt Foundation, Vedanta Foundation, Hanuman Van Vikas Samiti, and Youngmunk extended their support for this noble event. With over one lakh people from 550-gram panchayats in six districts of Pantnagar, Uttarakhand participated in rallies and took oaths to abstain from practicing child marriage.
 In villages near the Hindustan Zinc operational centres, the program was conducted for village panchayats, women, school centres, anganwadis, happiness centres, the Samadhan Project, the Sakhi Project, the Zinc Football Center, and the Shiksha Sambal.
About Hindustan Zinc Limited:
Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group Company, is one of the world’s largest and India’s only integrated producer of Zinc-Lead and Silver. The Company has its headquarters at Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan where it has its Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes. Hindustan Zinc is self-sufficient in power with captive thermal power plants and has ventured into green energy by setting upwind power plants. The Company is ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific and globally 5th in Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2021 amongst Mining & Metal companies. Hindustan Zinc is a certified Water Positive Company, a member of the FTSE4Good Index & S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2022 and a Bronze Medal winner at the S&P Global Sustainability Awards.
Being a people-first company, Hindustan Zinc believes in inculcating the values of Trust and Excellence to have a culture of high-performance in its workforce. The company takes pride in having some of the best-in-class people practices and employee-centric initiatives, which have certified Hindustan Zinc as – ‘Great Place to Work 2021’, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and the PeopleFirst HR Excellence Award. 
As a socially responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc has been relentlessly working to improve the lives of rural and tribal people residing near its business locations. The company is amongst the Top 15 CSR Spenders in India and are currently reaching out to 700,000 people in 184 villages of Rajasthan, 5 in Uttarakhand and 16 villages in Gujarat. As a market leader, Hindustan Zinc governs about 78% of the growing Zinc market in India.
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