29 February 2020
Cuttack: In a bizarre turn of events a mandap set for a child marriage became venue for thread ceremony just as the Childline and police officials arrived to interrupt it.
The incident occurred yesterday in Rajnagar village of Athagarh block in Cuttack district.
Based on a tip-off, Childline Councilor Julina Behera along with Athagarh SDPO and other officials reached the venue of an alleged child marriage. The girl in question is reportedly appearing for her matric examinations this year and had told the school administrations and exam squad that she was getting married.
However, when Behera and the team arrived, they found that instead there was a thread ceremony underway and the girl was missing from the scene. “Girl’s parents informed us that she is away at a friend’s place. We have not been able to ascertain whether the girl is underage or whether a child marriage was conducted here, but we have taken a written statement from the girl’s mother and the village elders that they will produce the girl in CWC office once her examinations are over,” informed Behera.