Any marriage below prescribed age limit is illegal
People asked to pass on information to authorities
ERODE: The district administration has warned that stern action will be initiated against those who solemnise or encourage child marriages.
Collector R. Sudalaikannan, in a statement, said that the provisions of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 had fixed the marriageable age of men at 21 years and women at 18 years.
Any marriage solemnised below the prescribed age limit would be illegal and, therefore, criminal proceedings would be initiated against those who violated the norms.
The Collector said that the punishment for men marrying a child, those who solemnise a child marriage, and those who promote or permit such a marriage, would be two years of rigorous imprisonment or a fine of Rs. 1 lakh or both.
Mr. Sudalaikannan said that people could pass the information on child marriages to Block Development Officers, Social Welfare Officer, panchayat presidents, Village Administrative Officers or head masters of schools.
More information about the act can be obtained from the District Social Welfare office.