BY TC News Desk
Agartala, December 14: In a proactive move to combat child marriage, Sadar Sub-Divisional Magistrate Arup Deb and members of the Tripura Commission for Protection of Child Rights successfully halted the marriage of a minor girl in the Malaynagar Bashbagan Colony area under Srinagar police station in West Tripura district.
The intervention took place after the authorities received confidential information on Thursday afternoon, indicating that a minor girl was scheduled to be married on Friday in the mentioned area. Acting swiftly, TCPCR member Sharmila Chowdhury, along with Child Line workers from West Tripura district and Dukli Revenue Circle DCM Sujit Kumar Das, visited the residence of the minor girl with the assistance of the Srinagar police.
Upon verifying the birth certificate of the minor girl, it was confirmed that she was 16 years and six months old. The imminent marriage was planned with a youth from the Hapania area on the following day.
Officials from the TCPCR and the administration promptly informed the boy’s family members and communicated with the girl’s household. Both the boy and the girl were educated about the Child Marriage Act, and an undertaking letter was obtained from the administration, affirming that the minor girl would not be married before reaching the legal age of 18.
Despite ongoing awareness initiatives by the administration to curb child marriages across the state, instances such as these highlight the continued responsibility of guardians in preventing underage marriages. Efforts to eradicate child marriage in Tripura necessitate widespread societal awareness to be effectively addressed.