Timely intervention of government officials, initiated by Childline, has stopped a child marriage scheduled for Sunday at a marriage hall in Podanur.

Childline received an anonymous phone call on Friday and the caller said that a child marriage would take place on Sunday and prior to that a mehendi ceremony was to be held in a marriage hall in the city on Saturday.

But he did not reveal any other details. It was a challenging task for Childline to locate the residence and place of mehendi ceremony of the 17-year-old girl, who had passed Plus-One from a private school, said S. Umadevi, District Co-ordinator of Childline.

“Along with the officials of Revenue, Social Welfare and the Police Departments, the Childline volunteers explained to the girl’s family members the consequences of child marriage and convinced them to stop it”, she said.

Initially, the family did not relent and claimed that the community crowd-funded the marriage through a mosque, as the girl’s father, a textile worker, had died a year ago and her mother was a daily wage earner. They later understood the consequences and agreed to stop the wedding. From January this year, Childline has stopped 25 child marriages in the district. Most of the child marriages were reported from the economically backward and SC and ST communities.

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