Hyderabad: The She Team of Rachakonda Commiserate of the Kushaiguda division on 25 July rescued a minor from child marriage. They received information that a 17-year-old girl’s marriage was being fixed with a 21-year-old man at Srirama Colony in Medchal district, under the Jawaharnagar police station limits. The marriage was scheduled for 5 August at the Yadagirigutta Temple. The SHE Team along with DCPU of Medchal district and the Child Helpline Officer met the families and counselled them against the marriage and stopped it from happening.

In a similar way, on 24 July, the SHE Team stopped the marriage of a 16-year-old girl to a 26-year-old man in Nagaram under the Keesara police station limits. The girl did not have parents and was living with her uncle and aunt. The marriage was scheduled on 24 July at the Peddamma Temple in Jawaharnagar but was stopped in time.

M Mahesh Bhagwat, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, appreciated the work done by the Kushaiguda SHE Team. He said, “According to the Child Marriage Prevention Act performing marriages below the stipulated age is a crime. Priests, wedding card printers, elders, and supporters of the marriage, parents of the child will be held responsible. Under the Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2006,  whoever permits, supports, performs, helps, or attends such marriages are liable for a minimum two years of imprisonment and Rs 1 lakh fine.” “The minimum age for marriage is 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys. Risks to the mother’s health are high in early marriages. All minors must attend school as per the Right to Education Act, 2010, and the Supreme Court order of 2009”, he added.

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