Child marriage reports keep 24X7 control room busy
VIOLENCE BROKE out between members of a flying squad deployed to prevent child marriage and members of Gavali community when the former demanded birth proof of two girls who were to wed at the mass marriage function held at Lokmanya Nagar this evening.india Updated: May 01, 2006 23:23 IST
VIOLENCE BROKE out between members of a flying squad deployed to prevent child marriage and members of Gavali community when the former demanded birth proof of two girls who were to wed at the mass marriage function held at Lokmanya Nagar this evening.
The relatives of two girls turned violent when flying squad coordinator Mahendra Pathak questioned their age. The parents insisted that two were over 18 years of age, but they had no high school mark-sheets to prove their age. When the talks degenerated into violence, Annapurna police intervened to bring the situation under control. Later, the parents submitted documentary evidence to support the age of their daughters.
In a similar case, the flying squad handed over the case of four girls, whom it suspected to be less than 18 years of age, to SDM S S Rathore and CSP Dilip Soni.
The control room set up by district administration to receive information about child marriages performed on Akshay Tritiya today received first four calls between 8 am to 10 am. The first call was made against Chowkse Samaj that performed mass marriage at Pardeshipura dharamshala where four brides were reported to be minors.
When the flying squad failed to persuade brides’ relatives to stop the marriage ceremony if they had no mark sheet or medical certificate proving their age, Rathore and Soni were called in for help. The other complaints received included that of Mali Samaj on Dhar Road, Luniya Samaj at Mhow Naka, Yadav Samaj at Lasudiya Mouri and Martand Samaj at Gandhi hall.
However, no complaints of child marriages were found true in City areas till filing of this report. Women and Child Development Department Project Officer Trapti Tripathi said that 23 complaints were received about child marriages since April 24.
But none were found to be true except the one at Ganga Nagar (Chandan Nagar thana area) yesterday. According to Tripathi, the girl was minor and Department reported the matter to Thana. “There is no news of her marriage till now,” she said. The flying squad prevented 15 child marriages in last one week. Most of them were reported from villages in Mhow and Sanver tehsil. The 24-hour control room (2366058) will remain in operation till tomorrow.