In a shocker, 39-year-old tried to marry nine-year-old girl in Tamil Nadu

The girl who had not even attained puberty was being given care and protection at the government reception home in Trichy and it was an anonymous call to the all-women police station (AWPS) in Musiri on Thursday that spurred the cops into action, said the report in The Times of India.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 21 2018 3:12PM | Updated Date: Jan 21 2018 3:12PM
In a shocker, 39-year-old tried to marry nine-year-old girl in Tamil NaduRepresentational image

In a new low to cases of child marriage, the police’s swift action prevented a nine-year-old girl’s marriage to a 39-year-old man in a Tamil Nadu village, said a media report.

The girl who had not even attained puberty was being given care and protection at the government reception home in Trichy and it was an anonymous call to the all-women police station (AWPS) in Musiri on Thursday that spurred the cops into action, said the report in The Times of India.

The caller, according to the report, said that he had received information about talks going on for engaging a girl studying in Class IV to a man 30 years older, at Minnathampatti village in Thottiyam taluk on the same day. 

She was studying in a government school in the area, said the report.

The report further mentioned that Inspector of police, Latha and her team who rushed to the village found something amiss, indicating that the information could be true and hence, they rescued the girl from her widowed mother, an agriculture coolie, and handed her over to the child welfare committee (CWC) in the night.

The CWC inquiry, according to the report confirmed that arrangements were going on for marrying off the little girl. 

"Preliminary reports showed that there was a proposal for the marriage. The girl is being kept under our care. We are awaiting reports in this regard after which we will decide on her future," CWC chairperson Trichy S Indira Gandhi quoted the report as having said.

However, the report mentioned that police inquiry with villagers revealed that it was a common practice in their community to fix the marriage of a minor girl in advance with a groom who was a blood relation. This was intended to "keep the relationship intact", mentioned the report and further revealed that the police said that it was a confirmation for the marriage that would take place once the girl attained puberty.

 

 

 

 

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