With the problem of child marriage persisting in many parts of the country, the Government on Tuesday said it was making efforts for passage of the Prevention of Child Marriage Bill, 2004 in the ongoing session of Parliament to curb the social evil.
Quoting figures made available from the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Renuka Chowdhury told Lok Sabha that the numbers of registered cases have shot up from 63 in 2003 to 122 cases in 2005.
So far, till June this year, 24 cases have been registered under Child Marraige Restraint Act across the country.
As per NCRB, during 2005, with 25 cases, Gujarat registered highest number of child marriages followed by Maharashtra which reported 22 cases.
In order to check the social menace, Chowdhury said, appropriate ammendments have been proposed in the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 and the Prevention of Child Marriage Bill, 2004 is processed for consideration and passage during the current session of Parliament.
"Also, awareness generation and sensitisation programmes are being undertaken for this purpose," she said.
The Prevention of Child Marriage Bill, 2004 which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in December 2004 is likly to be considered during the current session of Parliament, Chowdhury said.