The prime minister was addressing the inauguration ceremony of 50 model mosques and Islamic cultural centers at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital, joining virtually from her official residence Gonobhaban in the morning.

She urged the people to put concentration in terms of religious views on child marriage, dowry, violence against women and drugs.

Referring to the measures taken by the government against terrorism engaging people of all strata of society in upazila level and elsewhere, Sheikh Hasina said mass awareness has to be built against drugs, women as well as child repression and sexual abuse in such ways.

To this end, the government has established these model mosques, she added.

Laying emphasis on mass awareness against drugs, the prime minister said drugs are pulling the society towards destruction and that is why social awareness is needed to free people from the menace of drugs.

On the occasion of “Mujib Borsha”, she inaugurated 50 model mosques, out of a total of 560, simultaneously across the country, aimed at preaching the true messages of Islam to eliminate religious misconceptions.

With state minister for religious affairs Md. Faridul Haque Khan, MP in the chair, religious affairs secretary Md. Nurul Islam delivered the welcome address.

Principal secretary to the prime minister Ahmad Kaikaus moderated the function while Prime Minister’s Office secretary Md. Tofazzel Hossain Miah and officials concerned were present at Gonobhaban.

A video on Bangabandhu and Islam was screened in the function.

Later, the prime minister connected virtually with newly constructed Khulna District Model Mosque, Badarganj Upazila Model Mosque in Rangpur District and South Surma Model Mosque in Sylhet District and exchanged views with local devotees.

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