Child marriage prevented

Officials of various departments prevented a child marriage at Perampalli in Udupi taluk on Monday.

Following the direction of Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis, Women and Child Development deputy director Gracy Gonsalves, tahsildar, circle inspector, CDPO and Child Protection officer visited the house of priest Srisha Bhat where the marriage was scheduled to be held.

The minor girl's mother Prabhavathi and relatives were present at the house. Officials explained to the mother and relatives about the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006. The officials told them not to conduct the wedding till the girl reaches 18 years of age, said a release.

According to the mother of the minor girl, the date of birth of the minor is January 7, 2001. The mother of the girl has given in writing that the girl would not be married before she reaches 18 years of age.

Priest Shrisha Bhat said that the girl's mother had informed him that she is 18 years old.

He also promised to conduct marriages only after verifying the age of the bride in the future.

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