After the support of Saarthi Trust's Managing Trustee and Rehabilitation Psychologist Dr. Kriti Bharti, Rekha had filed the case for annulment of child marriage in the Family Court to get rid from her child marriage.
While social workers and parents have welcomed Centre’s move, the Odisha government’s letter opposing the decision has raised many eyebrows.
The district has 3,309 number of child marriage free villages, 280 child marriage free wards under Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and 503 child marriage free Gram Panchayats, said the collector.
The child marriage rate of girls in Odisha is a whopping 20.5 percent, reveals the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-5. As per the survey, six districts of the State feature above the national average of child marriage among states.
The Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing food crisis and the onset of winter have further exacerbated the situation for families, forcing them to make desperate choices, such as putting children to work and marrying girls off at a young age.
Experts say the gradual rise in the cases of child marriage may not necessarily mean that there has been a jump in such instances but that the reporting of such cases has also increased.
In a unique initiative, the Sonepur district administration has sought the support of tent house suppliers and temple priests to stop the menace of early marriages that have continued in the area.
Jagatsinghpur: A 10-year-old girl married off to a 23-year-old differently-abled man at Mangarajpur village under Kujang police station in Jagatsingpur district was rescued by a team of police and the District Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) late on Thursday night. The matter came to light after the SDPO received a complaint about the illegal marriage […]
Malkangiri: Childline officials today successfully foiled an attempt to marry off a minor girl at MV-52 village under Korkanda block of Malkangiri district. This is the third such incident reported from the district in last three days, sources said. Acting on a tip-off, the Childline officials along with police reached the spot and verified the […]
Malkangiri: A bid to marry off a minor girl at Balimela in Malkangiri district was foiled after the intervention of Childline officials today. The officials later handed over the girl to the district Child Welfare Committee (CWC). According to sources, the family of a Class 8 girl of MV-40 village had fixed her marriage with […]
The minor girl was today rescued by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) officials with assistance of local police after the ‘illegal marriage’ came to limelight. Police have detained Shankar even though he feigned ignorant about the existing marriage laws. Moreover, he has also refuted allegations to have paid money to the girl’s family for the marriage. […]
Kandhamal: Childline squad successfully prevented another attempt of a family to marry-off their 17-year old minor daughter at Gunthingia village under Sarangagada area here in the district. According to reports, the minor girl was to be married off to a person named Hrudya Bargi of the same village. Acting on a tip-off, Childline officials along […]
Balasore: Childline today successfully prevented a family’s attempt to marry off their minor daughter at a temple in Khantapada in the district. Niranjan Das, son of Antaryami, of Srijanga village under Khantapada police station in the district was engaged to a minor girl of Gopalpur. All arrangements were made for the wedding at the nearest […]
Kandhamal: Childline officials successfully thwarted a family’s attempt to marry off their 16-year old minor daughter at Gadasahi under Phiringia police limits of Kandhamal district on Monday. According to reports, the minor girl was engaged to a 22-year-old man of K Nuagaon block in the district by her parents. After the engagement on Monday, the […]
Rayagada: Timely intervention of Childline officials foiled a family’s bid to marry off their minor daughter at Rekhaliguda village under Kalyansinghpur block in the district on Sunday. However, no action has been taken against the families of both bride and groom as they have agreed to solemnise the wedding after the girl attains the right […]
Baripada: An attempt to marry a minor girl studying in class VII went kaput when the authorities of the district child protection unit raided the marriage and took the girl into custody. The incident occurred in Sunamunhi Sahi on the outskirts of Baripada town, when the minor girl was being taken to the Shiva Temple […]
Cuttack: A day after the brutal attack on OTV correspondent Pravat Bisoyi while he was covering a child marriage, commissionerate police arrested nine accused, including the groom’s father and some others from the bride’s side. Seven vehicles have also been seized. A case has been registered against them under sections 147,148,307,323,294,379,149,34 of IPC and section […]
Cuttack: In a bizarre incident, two journalists of OTV were beaten up mercilessly while covering a child marriage incident at Khalarda village under Sadar police limits in the district today. OTV’s Cuttack reporter Pravat Bisoyi, who has been critically injured in the attack, is undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital here while camera […]
Jodhpur: After suffering for 18 long years after being married off at a tender age of 10 months, 19-year-old Urma Bishnoi has finally ended the shackles of child marriage. Urma, who is from Kaparda village in Jodhpur, was married off to a boy from the same village in 1999 when she was just 10 month […]
New Delhi: There has been a significant drop in the number of child marriages in India — from nearly 50 to 30 per cent — in the last 10 years, a survey by UN children’s agency Unicef showed on Tuesday. There has been significant drop globally in the practice as well, and 25 million child […]
Patna: In a unique initiative, Gender Alliance Bihar, a collective effort of over 270 civil society organisations backed by the UN Population Fund, has come up with a mobile application to fight the rampant social evil of child marriage in the state. Launched by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, the “Bandhan Tod” app will […]
Berhampur: An attempt to marry off a 16-year-old orphan girl by her guardian was foiled by the child rights activists and government officials in Kabisurya Nagar of Ganjam district on Tuesday. MM Nayak, CDPO-cum child marriage prohibition officer, said, “A team comprising a child welfare officer, child development project officer (CDPO), social activists and police […]
An attempt to marry off a 14-year-old girl to a boy two years older was foiled by the state administration at Choramaliputa in this district, officials said on Saturday
Mayurbhanj: A bid to marry off a 16-year-old girl at Radho village under Udala police limits in Mayurbhanj district was foiled due to prompt action by police. According to reports, the family members of the minor girl had fixed her marriage with one Pramod Kumar Singh of Uttar Pradesh today. Sources said the girl was […]
New Delhi: Although child marriages in India have declined, a few states like Bihar, West Bengal and Rajasthan continue to carry on with the harmful practice and there is nearly 40 per cent prevalence in these states, the Unicef said. A new report ‘Factsheet Child Marriages 2019′ released by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency […]
Jharsuguda: Child Welfare Committee (CWC) officials today successfully prevented the marriage of a minor girl at Katapali village under Sadar block of Jharsuguda district. The matter came to light after the members of the District Child Protection Unit received information about the marriage scheduled to take place today. Acting on the tip-off, a joint team […]
Jeypore: A child marriage bid was foiled due to timely intervention of officials of the District Child Protection and the Childline at Kangra village under Semiliguda block of Koraput district on Saturday. According to reports, as both the bride and groom were minors and the officials raided the village and stopped the marriage. The officials […]
Koraput: A task force has been constituted in Odisha’s Koraput district to check the practice of child marriage, common among the tribal communities in the region, a senior official said. Against a state average of 21.3 per cent and a national average of 26.8 per cent, the annual rate of child marriage in the district […]
United Nations: Decline of child marriage in populous nations like India has led to the reduction in the harmful practice globally over the past 25 years, according to a new UN report. The study For every child, every right – The Convention on the Rights of the Child at a crossroads’ by the UN Children’s […]
Berhampur: A joint team of Child Development department and Ganjam Police rescued a minor girl who was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry her cousin at Mudeskupa village under Badagada Police limits of the district. The rescue of the minor girl was initiated following a directive of the Ganjam district collector Vijay Amrut Kulange. Earlier, […]
Berhampur: The administration in Ganjam district has launched an initiative under which any person who provided tip-off about a child marriage would receive a cash reward of Rs 5,000, an official said. The money would be doled out from the funds of the district’s child protection unit, he said. The administration officials, during their monthly […]
Bhubaneswar: At a time when Odisha is making headlines for wrong reasons like crimes against minor girls, Jhulima Mallik, a tribal girl from K.Nuagaon block under Kandhamal district has made the State famous at international stage by winning the prestigious V-Award from UN House at New Delhi. Jhulima was the only Odia girl among 10 […]
Berhampur: A total of five child marriages have been foiled across Ganjam district following swift action by the administration, officials said on Sunday. While three attempts to marry off three minor girls were thwarted in Hinjili block, two such attempts were foiled in Sanakhemundi and Bhanjanagara blocks on Saturday, they said. All the girls were […]
Khordha: The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) along with police today foiled a child marriage bid just when a minor girl was being married off in Lokeshwar temple at Palla here. Acting on a tip-off, the CWC and police personnel reached the spot when the marriage was underway and rescued the minor girl and the guy […]
Khordha: The alleged child marriage attempt at a temple which was foiled by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and the police on Wednesday took a new turn when both the bride and groom claimed that the girl was more than 18 years-old and they fell in love after meeting over Facebook. The man–Ramesh Nayak of […]