Child marriage plaints flood Haryana

Child marriage plaints flood Haryana

In Haryana, one incident of child marriage is reported “every 24 hours” on an average, official data on the number of child marriages in the last one year said.

Human rights activists have expressed concern over the rising number of such cases.

Complaints of child marriage have been steadily on the rise since 2014. With still a month to spare, government figures reveal that as many as 362 complaints of child marriage were reported in 2016-17.

Fortunately, out of these, as many as 230 were prevented through counselling. Cases which could not be resolved through counselling were referred to the police.

The number of people who offer tip-offs about child marriages to the authorities has gone up. This emerging trend could help stem the social evil.

Sources said that many cases of child marriage were reported from the border towns in Rajasthan, where the practice is believed to be common.

Experts are of the opinion that the 923 cases reported in the last three years could be just a small portion of the total instances of child marriages taking place.

Often, these practices are confined to a few families for a long time.

They are even met with social sanctity and this compounds the problem.

In several villages in Haryana’s Sirsa, minor girls and minor boys are forced into marriage. Prohibition officers in Haryana have often acted swiftly to rescue the children.

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