Minor flees marriage, opts for path to financial independence

A 17-year-old girl, who was forced by her parents to marry in May this year, has decided to live independently and sought the help of the Department of Women and Child Development.

She is now in the custody of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

‘Forced to marry’

Hemalatha, from Hale Gubbi in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district, was in I PU when she was forced to marry Harish, a resident of Baraguru in Chikkanayakanahalli taluk of the district.

Her mother, Sharadamma, was determined to get her married to a man who was from their caste (Lingayat), as Hemalatha was then in a relationship with Thyagaraj, from the Scheduled Tribe, of the same village. Her mother had registered a case in Gubbi police station under POCSO against Thyagaraj.

He was arrested and is now out on bail.

Unhappy marriage

However, Hemalatha was unhappy in her marriage because her husband suspected her of having an affair and would quarrel with her frequently.

When she went to her parents’ house, her mother sent her back to her husband. Having had enough, Hemalatha decided to live on her own.

On September 3, she contacted the Department of Women and Child Development and explained her plight. Ambika, protection officer in Gubbi taluk, told The Hindu , “The officials immediately took her into their custody and handed her over to Tumakuru district CWC.”

She was produced before the Tumakuru district CWC on Monday.

CWC member S. Ramesh told The Hindu , “Hemalatha does not want to go back to her husband, but wants to marry the boy whom she is in love with. She wants to continue her education and become financially independent. We want to protect her interests, as she is a minor.” In 2014-15, the Department of Women and Child Development stopped 81 child marriages in Tumakuru district.

She was forced by her mother to marry someone of her caste when she was in I PU

She contacted the Department of Women and Child Development and explained her plight

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