Mancherial: Collector RV Karnan called everyone for abolishing the menace of child-marriage from the society. He cautioned that cases would be booked against parents who indulge in this unlawful activity.
He along with special Collector Priyanka and Mancherial Deputy Commissioner of Police John Wesley attended an awareness programme held jointly by Police and Revenue Departments at Rechini village in Thandur mandal on Thursday. Rechini is registering considerable number of child marriages in the district.
“Girls above 18 years and boys aged over 21 are mentally and physically ready for tackling changes occur following marriage. That is why the minimum age has been fixed for performing marriage. One can enhance their understanding over provisions of law through education. Cases would be registered against violators,” Karnan said.
The Collector asserted that Revenue officials and poilce had already created awareness over the consequence of early marriages. Despite that members of certain community from the village were resorting to this offence. I would personally ensure that cases were booked against those parents who perform wedding of minor children, he added.
Karnan said the TRS-led government was implementing various welfare schemes for the growth of Kuruma and Yadava communities. He told the villagers that the officials were ready to provide sheep worth Rs 20 crore to members of these castes at subsidised prices. He suggested they form cooperative societies to avail the schemes.
Collector said all support would be extended for the development of village. He said funds would be granted for building community hall and temple of Beeranna, deity of Kurama community. He asked them not to follow superstitious beliefs and to adopt modern ways of living.
He then administered a pledge to villagers that they would not indulge in the act. Earlier, local public representatives and activists explained how the menace was going unabated in the village. Some students told him that they were forced to enter wedlock following their parents threatened to end their lives.