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Karnataka ranks 3rd in child marriage cases

Karnataka records 23% od the number of child marriage cases in India

Karnataka has been ranked third for its number of cases registered under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006. These statistics are, according to National Crime Records Bureau records.

The state reported around 35 cases in 2015, just behind Tamil Nadu and West Bengal which recorded 77 and 40 cases respectively.  According to the Act, if a male, has not completed twenty-one years of age, and if a female, has not completed eighteen years of age; it is considered an illegal practice.

In 2013, the state ranked 8th in terms of child marriages and in January this year, the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) says around 23 percent of all child marriages are recorded in Karnataka.

Mr. Mariswamy, a member of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) says, “The rise in the number of recorded cases can also be a result of better reporting in the state.  We conducted a survey for collecting samples for national family health survey, which revealed the age of their first child, further letting us to the number of cases.”

The department is coming up with a new app – Kare, to report the cases of child marriage, added Mariswamy.

Child Right Trust (CRT) is a Non-Government organization which established in 2002, by a group of people who to advocate Child rights in India. An official from CRT said, “There are several areas in Karnataka, wherein the practice is still popular and welcomed by people. However, the practice is more rampant in the northern Karnataka.”

However, declining to KSCPCR’s comment, the official said, “reporting for these cases are very poor , they only comes forward when they are linked to other surveys and report accumulation.”









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