Pune ranks 46 on list of districts having highest incidence of child marriages
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the country’s apex child rights body, used data from Census 2011 to draw up a list of 70 districts, spread across 13 states, that have the highest incidence of child marriage in India.pune Updated: Oct 22, 2017 23:42 IST
A recent survey published by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has revealed that Pune ranks 46 in the list of districts having the highest incidence of child marriages. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the country’s apex child rights body, used data from Census 2011 to draw up a list of 70 districts, spread across 13 states, that have the highest incidence of child marriage in India.
The findings of the survey, released in June 2017 and based on the Census 2011, assume significance on the backdrop of the Supreme Court order criminalising sex with a minor wife. For underage brides, the existing law provides for annulment of marriage, and now, even the right to file charges of rape against the husband for forced intercourse, but activists say that young girls, who are often poor and illiterate, are unaware about it.
The survey covers 16 districts from Maharashtra including Pune,Thane, Jalna, Latur, Chandrapur, Parbhani and Mumbai. In all, the number of child marriages in the state has gone up over the decade since Census 2001.
City-based child right activist Yamini Adbe said,“ Our laws related to child marriages are too weak. I had stopped 18 child marriages but no one was convicted in that. We need to have strong laws to avoid child marriages along with public awareness as child marriages are usually found mainly in the lower and illiterate strata of society.
The other states with districts on the list are Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka with two each; Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal with three each; Uttar Pradesh with four; Gujarat and Bihar with six each and Madhya Pradesh with nine child marriages. Haryana had just one incidence of child marriage.