The judicial first class magistrate court Nilambur issued an order stopping marriage of 12 minor girls which are scheduled to be held at various parts of Nilambur next week.
The order was issued on Saturday, after the Malappuram district child protection officer, child marriage prohibition officer of Nilambur and ICDS authorities jointly approached the court demanding action against the parents of minor girls who are going ahead with their plan to conduct marriage ignoring the warning given by child welfare authorities. The court has directed parents of 12 girls to appear before court on Monday.
The district child protection officer Sameer Machingal said that the girls who are residents Moothedam panchayat near Nilambur are plus one and plus two students. One of the girls is 15 years old. Six girls are 16 years old and other five are 17 years old, said Sameer.
There are 29 block level child marriage prohibition officers in Malappuram district considering the high rate of child marriage in the district. Recently, the local level officers had submitted a report to child protection officer of the district regarding the child marriages which are going to be held in Moothedam. The protection officer submitted a detailed report seeking proper action to Nilambur judicial first class magistrate court Aneesh Cahcko K.
Sameer said the court order is expected to make a positive impact among society which is still not much aware about the legal and other consequences of under aged marriages.
A recent report of District Child Protection Unit(DCPU) had revealed that there were more than 100 child marriage complaints reported at the childline during last year in the district. After the spurt in number of child marriages during summer vacation the childline authorities in the district had issued alert in Malappuram against the child marriages.