The District Administration and NGOs launched a campaign to end child marriage in the Udaipur district. Following Akshaya Tritiya and continuing through Peepal Poornima, child marriages typically occur, with many cases going undetected. Anyone can report child marriage cases as part of the campaign by calling the helpline at 9784399288.
According to organisers, the individual who calls the helpline number will receive a cash prize of Rs. 2,100 and their identity would also be kept private. In order to ensure that child marriages are declared null and void from the very beginning, the district administration has developed two specialised teams for this campaign. These teams are concentrating on obtaining injunction orders against these families. The bride and groom are not required to wait until they are adults in order to file a complaint in such circumstances.
“The district administration has started a Child Marriage Free Udaipur campaign, where focus is on first stopping the marriage and then getting an injunction order issued from the local court, as this will ensure that the marriage dosen’t hold any legal validity from the start itself.” - Meena Sharma, Assistant director, Udaipur.
Meena Sharma added that the district administration recently had success in stopping seven marriages. Two officials will be present throughout the day in a control room set up for this effort.
“This is the first time that an injunction order has been issued in the Udaipur district under Section 13(1) of the Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2006 with the legal help and guidance of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.” - Shailendra Pandya, former member of Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (RSCPCR).