Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said model mosques across the country are being established to provide education, create awareness and increase knowledge about Islam among the people to prevent different social menaces.
"Awareness has to be built in society against drugs, women repression, child repression and sexual abuse, similar to the measures taken against terrorism, and we wanted to establish these mosques in such a way so as to provide all types of education, create awareness and increase knowledge about Islam," she said.
The premier was addressing the inauguration ceremony of 50 model mosques and Islamic cultural centers at Osmani Memorial Auditorium here, joining virtually from her official Gono Bhaban residence this morning.
She urged the people to concentrate on 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 at upazila level and elsewhere, 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 about drugs, the PM said drugs are pulling society towards destruction and that is why social awareness is needed to free people from the scourge of drugs.
On the occasion of "Mujib Borsha", she inaugurated 50 model mosques, out of a total 560, simultaneously across the country.
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 Dr Ahmad Kaikaus moderated the function while Prime Minister's Office Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and officials concerned were present at Gono Bhaban.
A video on Bangabandhu and Islam was screened at the function.
Later, the PM 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 religious clerics.