Police, activists prevent marriage of minor girl in Bagepalli

Police, activists prevent marriage of minor girl in Bagepalli

The marriage of a minor to her maternal uncle in Parvathipura of Goolur hobli was prevented by the police under guidance from A G Sudhakar, senior advocate and Child Welfare Committee district president.

 

The girl, who is studying in standard IX of Goolur Government High School, was kept from answering the exams this year as she was to marry her uncle, Shankar Naik, on May 30, at the residence of Lalamma of Parvathipura, said Sudhakar, in a press release.

“Ascertaining the marriage would take place, a team consisting of M L Susheela, family counsellor at the Women’s Counselling Centre, V Vanaja, social activist and Anasuyabai, supervisor at the Women and Child Welfare Department, visited Parvathipura on May 22 and requested the parents of the girl to stop the marriage,” he said. 

“The families of the girl and the groom were called to the local police station and a letter of confidence taken from the parents not to conduct marriage of the children till they reached the legally permitted age for marriage,” he added.

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The incident has brought to light an attempt by parents to marry off girls as soon as they reach puberty, regardless of whether it violates the law. 

“Such instances have only been on the rise in the taluk. The parents can be subjected to legal action if discovered. They should take care not to rush to marry away their daughters,” Sudhakar said, speaking to Deccan Herald.

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