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Report on Child marriage
by - GN Admin

GeneralNote News Service
Durg, May 5, 2022

National Women Commission has expressed concern at child marriages being celebrated with the connivance of the authorities and political leaders. Akti or ‘Akshaya Tritiya' is a festival meant for marrying dolls. It is celebrated all over Chhattisgarh by weddings of hundreds of children, particularly girls. It is an annual ritual and govt, finds itself helpless in rooting out this evil.

The enforcement of Sharda Act or the Child Marriage Restraint Act 1978 is very difficult on account of political reasons. If parents find suitable match, the age of the bride and groom is insignificant.

The administration does not deny that the practice of child marriage exists in the area. The officials are on alert to stop any such proceedings. “We are trying to visit every marriage venue and checking buses and other vehicles to apprehend the offenders and the bridegroom party. We can take action only on specific complaints," says Ranjit Singh, the district magistrate of Drug.

An NGO, Forum for Fact Finding Documentation filed PIL alleging that States including Rajasthan, Madhya Pardesh and Orissa have failed to implement the Child Marriage Restraint Act As a result the practice of child marriage is widely prevalent in the states.