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Teenage girls join hands to fight child marriage in Mallapuram

Courtesy:Asianet

Mallapuram: Several girls gathered at an Anganwadi with an aim to fight the practice of child marriage, and to enjoy their childhood.

They decided to join the campaign against child marriage, taking an oath to guard them against it and also pledged to spread the ill effects of this practice.

As per a report of Asianet newsable, the gathering held at Kalivaku in Mallapuram and about 100 teenage girls participated. It was organised by District Child Protection Unit after it was found that the practice is very common in the area.

Court intervention helped to prevent as many as 26 marriages in Kalikavu block since April this year. Apart from this, child marriage prevention officer alone had stopped four marriages in last two months.

Usually, weddings are organised in the summer holidays preventing the girls to reach out to their schools or Child Protection Authorities for any intervention. However, recently, girls are showing some courage and are searching for all possible measures to escape from this.

In April, a girl had helped authorities to stop the marriage of 16 teenage girls. The authorities are trying various means including counselling, classes, notices and even showing films to spread awareness among the community as well as girls.