‘Child’ marriage averted in Noida village, police yet to ascertain bride’s age
A girl from West Bengal was supposed to marry a 22-year-old man from Assam. Both families are migrants and live in rented homes.noida Updated: Jul 08, 2017 22:05 IST
An alleged child marriage in Nithari village of Noida was thwarted on Friday evening by the police and an NGO. However, the police have not made any arrest or filed a case yet as the girl’s age has not been confirmed, officials said.
According to a police officer, a girl from West Bengal was supposed to marry a 22-year-old man from Assam. Both families of the girl and the man are migrants and they live in rented homes in Nithari village at Noida sector 31. The marriage was supposed to take place in a temple in Nithari village at 7 pm on Friday evening.
However, FXB India Suraksha, an NGO, received a tip about the alleged child marriage on Friday. Their representatives along with the police reached the spot and found elaborate arrangement of wedding inside the temple.
“We found elaborate marriage arrangement at the temple. After questioning, we suspected that the bride could be a child. We stopped the wedding then and there and took the girl in our custody,” said Anil Kumar Shai, station house officer, police station sector 20.
“Girl’s parents are insisting that she is a major. However, it will be revealed only by Monday,” added Shai.
The girl was taken to Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and sent to a shelter home in Noida.
“The girl looks minor and we took her to a shelter home. Her medical will be done on Monday and then the CWC will come to a decision. The district probation officer of the committee has also been informed,” said Satya Prakash, program manager of the NGO.
According to Prakash’s claims, it is 12th such case from Gautam Budh Nagar in 2017 where the NGO has thwarted attempts of child marriage.
“GB Nagar was one of the 100 districts chosen by the Woman and Child Development Ministry under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana’. The district has a skewed girl-boy ratio and our attempts are to stop all such ill practices,” he added.