'Be alert, curb child marriages'

Officers told to be on toes; DC holds meeting with various depts

Deputy Commissioner K P Mohanraj who came down strongly on child marriages, directed the officials to monitor mass marriages and other occasions to curb minors marriage cases.

Presiding over the district-level meeting of various committees organised by department of Woman and Child Welfare in Hassan on Tuesday, he suggested the deputy director of education to keep a track on the girl students who drop out of high schools and submit a report.

He told the deputy director of Woman and Child Welfare department to take stern action on those involved in child marriages and also book a case on them.

Atrocities on women should be brought to the notice of the superintendent of police within 24 hours.

He also stressed on holding awareness programmes for girls and also find out the reason for the increasing missing cases of women and girls in the district.

Explaining the male-female ratio in the district, he said for every 1,000 male there are only 964 females.

He suspected that  there are possibilities of female foeticides and gender test during pregnancy still existing. He suggested that the child welfare officer and voluntary organisations should join hands and submit a report on the same.

He also told the officials to take steps to provide site and construct building for marketing the products made by the self help groups.

162 women missing

Out of 162 missing cases of women, 116 have been traced and there is no information on the remaining 46 women. Apart from this, 38 boys have also gone missing and 26 have been found. Twelve are still missing. Out of 89 girls, 59 have been found, said assistant director of woman and child welfare department.

There are 123 cases on women atrocities filed and these women have been made to stay at the rehabilitation centre in Channarayapatna.

ZP panchayat deputy secretary Puttaswamy, district health and family welfare officer Dr Shyamaladevi, DDPI Basavaraju and officials of various departments were present.

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