The National Commission for Women (NCW) has urged the government to prevent child marriage. Its coordinator J. George Joseph stressed the need for women empowerment so that they could stand on their own legs without expecting help from others.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at a seminar held here.

Women have proved their domination in almost all fields. Gone were the days when they were confined within the four walls of their homes. Nowadays, they were the deciding authority in a family. Education had helped them to attain this status and uplift their socio economic status in society, it said.

Advocate G.M. Jerald explained the rights of women as envisaged in the Constitution, steps to be taken to prevent sexual harassment in workplaces, the role of family courts to settle difference of opinion in family, need to prevent atrocities against women by approaching court and their rights in family property.

The former secretary of the Nagercoil Bar Association, Balasubramaniam, stressed need to approach courts whenever a woman was in trouble. They should come forward to prove that they could do anything like men within the scope of law.

The NCW, in association with the Society for Social Development, decided to form village-level committees to create awareness on perils of child marriage.