Timely intervention by District Social Welfare Officer N. Tamilarasi and a few revenue officials prevented a child marriage scheduled for February 26.

On getting a tip off on Monday, Ms. Tamilarasi along with the officials rushed to Mangalam and found that preparations for the wedding of 15-year-old daughter of Solaiappan and Baby, industrial workers, were in the final stages.

Even the wedding invitation had been printed, Ms. Tamilarasi told The Hindu .

The girl, a student at one of the Government schools on the city outskirts, was scheduled to be married to a boy employed with a renowned private firm. Both the families of the bridegroom and bride hail from Theni and were related to each other.

An interaction the officials had with the girl in person revealed that she was not happy to enter into the wedlock at a tender age. The parents were then warned that action would be initiated against them if they marry off the girl before she attained 18 years as such act is illegal by law. On the instructions from Collector M. Mathivanan, Ms Tamilarasi and revenue officials obtained a bond from the parents that the girl would not be married off before 18 years.

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