Timely intervention of Namakkal Childline 1098, Police and Revenue Departments saved a 16-year-old girl from child marriage. The wedding was scheduled to be held in a village near Namagiripettai in Rasipuram Taluk during the wee hours of Tuesday. Director of 1098 Childline in Namakkal S.L. Sathiya Nesan told The Hindu that they received a call from villagers around 5.30 p.m. on Monday that the marriage of a minor girl was to be performed at 4 a.m. in a temple in Moolapallipatti, near the girl's house. “We informed the Superintendent of Police who despatched the Anti Trafficking Police with the Childline staff and Revenue officials to the spot. After confirming that the minor girl was to be married, we warned the parents not to do so till she was 18-years-old and stopped the marriage at 1 a.m. - three hours before the marriage. We also came to know that the 29-year-old groom of Attur was already married.
It is learnt that the girl was pursuing her first year Diploma in Computer Education in a private college in Rasipuram and stopped going there four months ago as she could not pay the fees.
She was at home since then and her father (a hearing impaired) and mother (daily wage labourer in a garment making unit) decided to get her married,” he added.