Child marriage stopped in Lalgudi village
TRICHY: A alleged proposed marriage of a minor girl was stopped in a village near Lalgudi here in the late hours of Saturday. The girl was lodged at a government reception home as a temporary measure.
On the day, Childline received a call on the helpline number ‘1098’ from an unknown person that a family was planning to marry a 14-year-old girl to their relative in a village near Lalgudi. Childline workers alerted the officials of the district social welfare department. A team of officials approached the Lalgudi police and together, they rushed to the village on Saturday night.
According to the officials, they sensed that arrangementsfor a wedding were being carried out by the girl’s parents. The girl was a Class 9 student in a government school in a nearby area.
“The joint team of officials went to the girl’s house and rescued her yesterday. We found that she had applied for leave from school after January 26. She was handed over to the child welfare committee (CWC) today afternoon,” said M Usha, district social welfare officer (DSWO), Trichy.
CWC conducted a preliminary enquiry with the girl and gave instructions to keep her at the government reception home in the city until further orders.
Despite awareness drives, people in rural areas are found to be forcing their children into early marriages, ruining their education and adolescent life. A Class 10 girl in Musiri was rescued from a planned child marriage last week. Another girl, who was rescued earlier, was handed back to her family after their assurances that they would provide her education.