No matter how much progressive and tech-savvy we millennials become, the part of the crowd would still believe in the rituals that are long lost.
One such thing is child marriage which we think doesn’t exist anymore until the statics came out to show us the harsh reality.
In a recent survey published by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) disclosed that Pune is marked 46 in the list of districts having the highest incidence of child marriages.
The survey was done in June 2017, and results were based on the Census of 2011.
There exist a law for minor or underage brides that provides annulment of the marriage that includes right to file charges of rape against the husband for forced intercourse. But due to unawareness and illiteracy, the activists said that the girls are deprived of such laws.
Pune’s child right activist Yamini Adbe said,
Our laws related to child marriages are too weak. I had stopped 18 child marriages but no one was convicted in that. We need to have strong laws to avoid child marriages along with public awareness as child marriages are usually found mainly in the lower and illiterate strata of society.
Apart from Maharashtra, the other states with districts were Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with nine child marriages. Haryana had just one incidence of child marriage.
Information source: hindustantimes
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