Gujarat, Andhra top list of child marriages

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Gujarat, Andhra top list of child marriages
New Delhi, Mar 30: Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have topped in the list of child marriages in India, a government data released on Tuesday, Mar 30 said.

According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, the national capital has recorded one such incident in the year 2008.

This is only the second case reported from Delhi in this decade. It had recorded one such incident in 2003.

The NCRB report said that 104 cases of child marriage were reported across the country in 2008.

The report noted that 23 cases have been reported from Gujarat and 19 cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh.

The other states which reported child marriage cases in 2008 are Karnataka (9), Bihar (8), Punjab and West Bengal (6 each), Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra (5 each), Haryana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (4 each), Rajasthan (3), Himachal and Madhya Pradesh (2 each) and Assam, Goa and Orissa (one each).

Child marriage is prohibited in the country under Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929.

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