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CHILDLINE 1098 Service » 1098 News » Too Young to Wed: CHILDLINE averts Child Marriage in Munjakhedi, Ujjain

Timely intervention by CHILDLINE Ujjain with support from the Police, officials from Women and Child Welfare Department, and Child Development Project Officer successfully stops child marriage scheduled to take place in the Munjakhedi village of Ujjain.

Too Young to Wed: CHILDLINE averts Child Marriage in Munjakhedi, Ujjain

CHILDLINE Ujjain team received a call from a concerned adult who informed them that Shobharam was getting his 17 year old daughter married in the Munjakhedi village of Ujjain. Acting on the tip off, CHILDLINE team swung in to action and instantly brought the case to the notice of Mr. Ranawat, SDOP, Mahid who immediately informed the Jharda Police Station about the case. He instructed them to take necessary action after verifying the information and assist CHILDLINE in the process.

The team also met with the officials at Jharda police station to discuss the case. Meanwhile, a rescue team comprising of the Police Sub-Inspector and officials from Women and Child Welfare Department, and Child Development Project Officer along with CHILDLINE team reached Munjakhedi village and interacted with the villagers. The team also visited the minor girl’s home in Munjakhedi village about 85 kms away from Ujjain. Preparations were on for the 17 year old girl to be married off to a 15 year old boy from Malyakher Kheda in Mandsaur distirct.

The team explained, to the children’s parents, about the harmful effects of Child Marriage, the health problems the child brides would face and the legalities regarding the offence. CHILDLINE team persuaded the parents to stop the marriage after explaining to them in detail about The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 which prohibits marriages of girls below 18 years of age. The parents informed the officials that they wished to conduct the marriage at the earliest as they thought the children were old enough to be married. However after much coaxing and persuasion the parents agreed that both the children were minors and marrying them off to each other was not the right decision for either child.

The police stopped the marriage after verifying the birth certificates of the bride and groom. The CHILDLINE team along with the officials convinced the parents to let go of the idea of marriage for the time being. A written letter to the police was submitted informing them that the wedding had been cancelled. The girl’s father pleaded ignorance of the law prohibiting child marriage. During the counseling by CHILDLINE with the child, it was revealed that she was not interested in the marriage and desired to pursue her studies, CHILDLINE is following up to help her join a school and continue her studies.

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