Rajgarh court stays minor marriages, summons parents
The Rajgarh district court issued on Friday an injunction order on the proposed marriages of five minor girls from Sustani village.bhopal Updated: Apr 17, 2015 19:58 IST
The Rajgarh district court issued on Friday an injunction order on the proposed marriages of five minor girls from Sustani village.
The district administration on Thursday lodged a court complaint against the parents of the five minor girls whose marriages are scheduled on April 20.
Acting on the complaint, the court has summoned the parents of the girls on April 18 in the matter, district officials said.
The court issued the order asking the parents not to proceed with marriage formalities, Rajgarh women empowerment and child protection officer Shyambabu Khare told HT.
He said the department officials have already served the court order upon the parents of the girls.
"If they try to go ahead with the marriage even now, the court is likely to sentence them to two years of imprisonment and other legal action according to provisions of the child marriage prevention law," the officer said.
The district administration swung into action on Thursday after getting information that the pre-nuptial rituals for the five girls in the age group of 12-14 years from Sustani had begun. The girls belong to two families related to each other.
The officials and the local residents tried to convince the families to defer the marriages, but they did not agree.
Rajgarh is one of the child marriage-prone districts of the state, reporting 24.6% underage marriages amongst females and 39.8% underage marriages amongst males according to the annual health survey (AHS) report of 2012-13.
Underage marriages are solemnised in large number around and on Akshay Tritiya day, falling on April 21 this year.
This is the first time that the administration has sought court intervention to stop child marriages.