Five child marriages were stopped in time in the past four days in the district.
This Sunday (Aavani 23 in Tamil almanac calendar) happened to the most auspicious day for Hindus to conduct weddings as they avoid marriages in Purataasi. However, the wedding of Murugesan (25), an Armed Reserve Police constable of Anaiyur near Sivakasi, working in Virudhunagar, with his sister’s daughter at Malli near Srivilliputtur on Sunday, could not materialise though invitations were printed and all arrangements were made.
For, she was only 17 years of age. Following an anonymous letter to the Chief Minister’s cell and the police, a team of officials, including the Sub-Inspector Bharathamatha of anti-human traffic cell, Latha of Childline, Pandiammal of Social Welfare Department and Child Welfare Committee members, reached their house on Saturday and advised them about the legal consequences of conducting the marriage before the girl attained the age of 18.
The elders claimed that she was 19. As the officials went there armed with a birth certificate of the girl, they had to drop the idea of marriage. The groom cancelled his leave and returned to duty. The marriages of a 15-year-old girl of Vazhavandhalpuram between Sethur and Puthur in Rajapalayam taluk, and 16-year-old girl of Ramasamiyapuram near Koomapatti in Watrap block, both scheduled to take place on Monday as well as weddings of 16-year-old girl of Parasakthi Nagar in Virudhunagar and 13-year-old girl of K. Thottiyapatti between Rajapalayam and Srivilliputtur, both scheduled to take place on Sunday and Friday respectively, were also stopped.