'Mandya ranks second in child marriages in the State'

'Mandya ranks second in child marriages in the State'

Child marriages can be checked only by educating children and giving impetus to women empowerment, opined District Principal and Sessions Judge Basavaraj S Sapannanavar.

After inaugurating a seminar for judges on ‘Child Marriage Prohibition Act,’ organised by District Legal Services Authority and Women and Child Welfare department, in Mandya, on Sunday, he said, despite existence of several laws to control child marriages, it has become difficult to eradicate them due to various issues.

He pointed out that North Karnataka has reported several deaths due to child marriages. Young girls, who are forced into child marriages, suffer from mental and physical stress, he said.

He suggested that the judges should be careful while delivering verdicts in cases related to child marriages. The Act should be implemented properly. Similar seminars should be conducted for judges across the State, he opined.

Second place
District Women and Child Welfare Committee president Mujeeb Unnisa said, Mandya district ranks second in child marriages in the State. It has become difficult to stop it completely due to local customs and compromise between two parties. The police should act strictly and file cases against violators. But, it is not being taken seriously and are solved through mediation and understanding, she complained. Creating awareness among the people is the only solution, she said.

Protecting Child Rights is important and such cases are on the rise due to poverty and superstitions, she said.

Principal Senior Civil Judge Sridhar Gopalakrishna Bhat, Women and Child Welfare deputy director S Diwakar and others were present.