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CHILDLINE 1098 Service » News » Child Marriage: a knotty issue

A child marriage scheduled to take place in Kallagam village in Trichy was successfully prevented by CHILDLINE Trichy with intervention of Judicial Magistrate Court, Lalgudi.

On March 23, 2011, CHILDLINE Trichy received a call from a concerned adult who shared information about the marriage of a twelve and a half year old girl in Lalgudi taluk, scheduled to happen in the village of Kallagam. The marriage of the girl with a 27-year-old relative was scheduled to take place on March 24, 2011. The child was studying in standard 7 in Government Higher Secondary School, Peruvalappur.

A team member of CHILDLINE decided to visit the village to gather some facts on the situation. The Centre Coordinator, CHILDLINE Trichy immediately met the caller, collected the marriage invitation and other details from the caller. CHILDLINE instantly brought the case to notice of Child Welfare Committee (CWC). T.Jayanthi Ranee, Member of Child Welfare Committee contacted Ms. C. Poongodi, District Social Welfare Officer to discuss about the case. In the meanwhile, the District Social Welfare Officer approached the Judicial Magistrate Court, Lalgudi, requesting an order of injunction to restrain the marriage under the Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2006. On March 23, 2011, the rescue team comprising of Mrs.C.Poogodi, District Social Welfare Officer and T.Jayanthi Ranee, member of CWC, Mr.Albert Manoharan, Centre Coordinator of CHILDLINE Trichy met with Mr. P.Parthasarathi, Judicial Magistrate. The team explained about the case and gave a written petition along with the birth certificate of the child. The Judicial Magistrate summoned the Headmaster of the Government Higher Secondary School and verified the date of birth of the child.