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Maharashtra: 790 Child Marriages Stopped During Pandemic, Says Govt

According to officials, the district of Solapur led the list with 88 marriages of girls under 18 years being prevented since April 2020, followed by Aurangabad (62), Osmanabad (45), Nanded (45), Yavatmal (42) and Beed (40).

Maharashtra: 790 Child Marriages Stopped During Pandemic, Says Govt
A committee has been constituted to suggest changes to the Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2008 | Representational image
Maharashtra: 790 Child Marriages Stopped During Pandemic, Says Govt
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2021-08-06T07:22:41+05:30

The government has claimed that over 790 child marriages have been prevented in Maharashtra during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women and Child Development Minister Yashomati Thakur said, a sudden spurt in child marriages was witnessed during lockdown, which prompted the government to launch the latest campaign which will run from August 5 to the end of September.

According to officials, the district of Solapur led the list with 88 marriages of girls under 18 years being prevented since April 2020, followed by Aurangabad (62), Osmanabad (45), Nanded (45), Yavatmal (42) and Beed (40).

Her department is also strengthening "ground level prevention mechanism" such as village child protection committees, child protection systems and the helplline `CHILDLINE 1098', the minister said.

A committee has been constituted to suggest changes to the Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2008, Thakur added.

According to Rajeshwari Chandrasekar of UNICEF, Maharashtra is among the top five states in terms of incidence of child marriage in the country.

The incidence of child marriage in the state declined from 47.7 per cent in 1998 to 21.9 per cent in 2019, but even now one in five marriages involves underage girls and there has been increase in such incidents in some districts, she noted.

With PTI inputs

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