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No child marriage reported in Capital

THE AKSHAY Tritiya Day that had literally kept the administration, especially the Women and Child Development Department on the edge for the last few days vis-a-vis the social evil of child marriages that are normally performed on this day, passed off without any untoward happening in the district.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 23:22 IST

THE AKSHAY Tritiya Day that had literally kept the administration, especially the Women and Child Development Department on the edge for the last few days vis-à-vis the social evil of child marriages that are normally performed on this day, passed off without any untoward happening in the district.

No reports of any child marriages occurring anywhere in the district were received. On Sunday evening a rumour that child marriage might be performed at Pashupatinath Temple in Piplani area made rounds and the district administration immediately dispatched a team to the area. However the team found that the information was entirely false.

District Collector Sanjay Kumar Shukla told the Hindustan Times that teams were on constant vigil in the district but no reports of any such incidents were received till late in evening. He said that the awareness campaign by the state government against the social evil seemed to have worked and people desisted from performing or participating in such ceremonies.

However as per tradition, a number of mass marriage ceremonies were conducted in different parts of the city today. These ceremonies were conducted by particular communities and the administration kept an eye on such ceremonies. However, the organisers, keeping in view the administration’s vigil, were ready with birth certificates and age proofs of the youths being married at most of the places.

The state government had taken up a major awareness campaign and also directed the district collectors to ensure that no child marriages were performed on Akshay Tritiya Day.

The Minister for Women and Child Development Kusum Mehdale had written to all people’s representatives urging them to prevent such ceremonies in their respective areas.