Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, August 5
Despite tall claims by the federal government on curbing little one marriage, the social evil continues to be rampant in six backward blocks of Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh.
As many as 205 little one marriage instances have been detected over the previous 5 years. The numbers have solely grown yearly since 2015—the yr 2019 being an exception when the depend witnessed a slight dip. In majority of the instances, poor mother and father married off their daughters to better-off grooms. Alarmed by the development, the police have despatched an advisory to the Director, Women and Child Development Department, to take “effective steps” to cease the menace.
Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, who just lately toured Sirmaur, noticed that little one marriage was prevalent in Renuka Ji, Shillai, Paonta Sahib, Rajgarh, Nahan and Pachhad blocks, comprising 36 panchayats, of the district.
In a communication to the Women and Child Development Department, Deputy Inspector General (CID) Bimal Gupta attributed the menace to poverty, illiteracy, previous custom and powerful presence of ‘Khulmi’ panchayat system the place influential individuals attempt to hush up the case.
The communication advised that measures like structure of job pressure comprising panchayat and anganwadi members, lively involvement of ladies empowerment teams and intensive consciousness campaigns be taken up.