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Awareness programme on child marriage

Citizens should be made aware of the evils of child marriage, and female foeticide that occurs in large numbers in the district, said P. Ranganathan, district president of the Service Doctors and Post Graduates Association here on Monday.

He was speaking at an awareness programme conducted at Jangalapuram Panchayat Union Primary School in association with Vivekanandha College of Nursing.

Dr. Ranganathan said that according to Census 2011, 85,000 marriages for girl children less than 14 years, and 2.65 lakh marriages for girl children less than 18 years have taken place in the State.

The doctor said that child marriages pose a greater risk for the child, both physically and mentally, and in turn affects society.

He said that due to various reasons, child marriages still occur in the district and only by creating an awareness among the parents can stop it.

He explained the various laws enacted against child marriage.

He said that foeticide was a grave threat to society as sex ratio had declined in the last year.

College students enacted a drama on the ill-effects of child marriage, and asked people to inform Childline 1098 if they come across child marriages.


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