The Bhilwara district administration has issued special instructions to all sub-divisional magistrates, tehsildar, naib-tehsildars and senior police officials to chalk out a plan to stop child marriages on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on May 2.
A 24-hour control room has been functioning since April 24 at the district collectorate office. The collector has even warned to take disciplinary action against the concerned officials if even a single case of child marriage is reported in their areas.
“This is needed to change of mentality about child marriage. We want to ensure that no child marriage takes place anywhere in Bhilwara district. Concerned officials will have to take the responsibly and they would be answerable,” collector Dr Ravi Surpur said.
“I asked the officials of the concerned department to create awareness among the rural people and school children about the negative impacts (both legal and social) of child marriage,” he added.
The SDMs and deputy superintendents of police have been asked to undertake a public awareness campaign and ensure maximum public participation. Alll the tehsils have conducted a workshop in their respective areas, additional district magistrate (administration) Giriraj Kumar said. Various self-help groups will be created that will involve people from different sectors, including NGOs and those running catering, band, tent transport, and lighting businesses at the village and block-levels. The officials have also been asked to educate and convince the local printers to take the proof of age of both the bride and the groom before printing the wedding cards, or print the card displaying their age, Giriraj Kumar added.
Deputy director of the women and child development department Daya Saxena said, “We will be a success if our political leaders cooperate with us and avoid attending these child marriage and patronage them.”