Shivaraj V. Patil, Chairman of the Core Committee for Prevention of Child Marriage, said on Tuesday that a final report on the effective implementation of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 would be submitted to the Government in June this year.

“If necessary, the committee will submit a copy of its action plan for curbing child marriage to the High Court requesting it to direct the State Government to implement it,” Mr. Patil said.

Chairing a consultation meeting on the prevention of child marriage here, Mr. Patil said that the Government was contemplating introducing lessons about the ill-effects of child marriage in school textbooks. “The committee is touring the State to garner opinion and suggestions of non-governmental organisations, government officials and people on child marriage. Useful information and suggestions collected during the tour will be included in the report,” he said.

Stressing the need to spread awareness among the public about the ill-effects of child marriage and the laws related to it, he said that marriage of minor girls would give room for a lot of problems as they would have to take up family responsibilities. Parents should understand this vital aspect. “Parents, instead of getting their minor daughters married off, should give them proper education and help them build a good career,” he said.

Parents and the Government should also try to provide vocational training and make them self-reliant.

He urged officials to prevent child marriages during mass marriage programmes. A majority of such marriages went unnoticed. It would be better if birth certificates of all the brides were checked before permitting such mass marriages, he said.

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