Chhattisgarh: Couple's age on wedding cards to prevent child marriages

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Raipur, May 6: In a major step towards preventing child marriages, the Chhattisgarh government has made it mandatory that couple's exact date of birth and age should be printed on their wedding cards.

According to a report, if parents or the guardians fail to mention bride and groom's age, then legal action would be initiated against them.

May locals of Chhattisgarh have termed government's move as "bizarre", but according to the govt, the step would definitely help in curbing the number of child marriages in the state.

"We have issued the order to print the age of the bride and the groom on the wedding cards all over the state. This step has been taken to find out whether the marriage that will be taking place is legal or illegal," Ramshila Sahu was quoted as saying.

"Even the owners of printing presses have been asked to first verify the age using birth certificates and then only print the cards", he said.

In February this year, Korba police succeeded in saving four minors from child marriage at Kartala and Katghora villages.

In Rajasthan, where the menace of child marriages cases is rampant, Jaipur District Collector had said "any person assisting in a child marriage would face a penalty of Rs.1 lakh and two years rigorous imprisonment. The guests, caterer, the printing press which printed the wedding cards and musicians would be considered offenders, if found taking part in a child marriage."

The child marriages are considered as violation of human rights but the ancient traditional practice of "Baal Vivaah" hasn't seen its end even today.

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

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