Updated: March 16, 2015 3:28:22 am
A child marriage of a 14-year-old bride was averted in Dediapada taluka of Narmada district on Saturday. Officials of the Child Protection Unit department and the local police rushed to Khabji village to avert the marriage, recorded as the first in the district.
According to the Dediapada police, child protection unit of the district received a tip-off regarding the marriage of the child with a young man from Kharipara village of Nandod taluka on March 14. Police said that wedding invitation cards had been sent out to several guests in the tribal areas. When a team of CPU officials and the police reached the bride’s home in Khabji village, the porch was decorated and a shamiana put up to serve the pre-wedding meal to the guests gathered at the venue.
A police officer from Dediapada police station said, “The Narmada District Child Protection Unit, led by officer Chetan Parmar, alerted us about the wedding and sought police bandobast. When we reached there, the shamiana was put up and decorated with flowers, meal was being served to the guests. The father of the 14-year-old was warned that a criminal case would be registered against him for forcefully marrying off his minor daughter.”
Officials said the girl’s father immediately called the groom’s parents and informed them that the wedding had been called off. Chetan Parmar, Child Protection Officer, Rajpipla said, “Child marriage is an offence. We counseled the family of the bride about its ill-effects. When we asked them to provide the age proof of the bride, it was confirmed that she was only 14 years and eight months old. The family agreed to call off the wedding and also gave us an undertaking that they would not marry off the girl until 18. A major social evil was averted.”
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