Upendra Pratap Singh, Chief Executive Officer of the Hassan Zilla Panchayat, said here on Thursday that the practice of child marriage could be stopped by spreading awareness on health problems among girls who get married early. He was speaking at a training programme on tackling child marriages.

H.C. Chidanand, Deputy Director of Women and Child Development Department, said the government had made it mandatory to obtain the permission of tahsildars for conducting marriages. Tahsildars had to permit marriages only after verifying the age of the bride and the bridegroom, he said.

P.L. Shyamaladevi, District Health Officer, spoke.