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Child Marriage Aborted In Odisha’s Jharsuguda


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03 December 2018

OMMCOM NEWS


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Jharsuguda: A child marriage was thwarted successfully in Odisha’s Jharsuguda district by the joint operation of Child Line, Child & Welfare Committee (CWC), and the local police. An alert citizen informed the Child Line about this marriage which was taking place in the Jhadeswar Temple of the district.

“At around 10 am, we received a phone call that a child marriage was been performed. We immediately informed the CWC officials, Child Marriage Prohibition Officer and local police as sometimes law and order situation also arises if such marriages are stopped,” informed Sunanda Maharana, District Child Protection Officer (CDPO).

CWC chairperson Anandini Padhi elucidated, “When we got information from Child Line that a child marriage will occur in Jhadeswar Temple at 11 am, we reached there with the CDPO and the police. Though the families declined it as a marriage and informed that it was just an engagement ceremony, but we found out the temple receipt showed marriage event. They were also not able to provide any age proof of the girl.”

“The girl is from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. She seemed to be less than 18 years of age whereas the boy was around 25 yrs old. We have started the inquiry process into the incident, iinformed the CDPO.

The officials stopped the marriage and have taken the girl into their custody. The CWC is conducting an enquiry into the incident.

“When we reached the temple, the marriage was underway. We have handed over the girl to the CWC and Child Line who will take the necessary course of action as per law after verifying the age of the girl,” said Sabitri Bal, IIC, Jaleswar PS.

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Sabitri Bala, IIC, Jharsuguda

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Anandini Padhi, President, CWC

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Sunanda Maharana, DCPO, Jharsuguda