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NHRC issues notice to Raj govt over reports of child marriage

delhi Updated: May 06, 2009 19:48 IST

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National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Rajasthan government asking it to submit a report within four weeks on alleged incidents of child marriage in the state.

The rights panel has sought the report from the Chief Secretary of the state holding that Commission may take "actions as it deem fit" in case the state failed to respond to its notice.

The notice was issued following a complaint filed by Supreme Court lawyer Radhakanta Tripathy who referring to media reports alleged that child marriages were rampant in Rajashthan, especially in Bundi, Chittragarh, Tonk and Bhilwara districts.

"This is even after laws are enacted to prevent child marriages...Children are married even at the age of five and six," Tripathy said seeking intervention from the Commission.

He also apprehended that there might be many cases in the interior regions of the state which remains unreported and pleaded the Commission to study the situation and stop incidents of child marriage in the state.