Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Home News Reports Child marriages in Maharashtra on the surge as families suffer from economic difficulties amid...

Child marriages in Maharashtra on the surge as families suffer from economic difficulties amid coronavirus woes: Report

The reemergence of a social evil such as child marriage, that had taken several decades and conscious efforts by successive state governments to eradicate, bodes ill for the state already buckling the under the strain of coronavirus outbreak.

As per a report by journalist Kamlesh Sutar of India Today Group, child marriages in Maharashtra have registered a sharp rise in recent times, as families battle the economic woes caused by the coronavirus-induced lockdown. 

As per the report, several minor girls in the Beed district of Maharashtra, have been married off by their families in the throes of financial hardships, long before they attain the age of 18, the legitimate age for marriage for girls.

The lockdown, which has paralysed the economy and disproportionately affected the people belonging to the lower strata of the society, is reportedly the cause behind impoverished families choosing to stealthily marry off their daughters prematurely and thereby partially reduce the number of children to support and a chance to make the affair less expensive and hidden.

One of the minor girls interviewed by the journalist in the above video says that she was lucky to have completed her metric before being married off. Others less fortunate than her were being married off after they had completed their 8th and 9th standard. The rampant child marriages allegedly continued right under the nose of the administration, with no intervention from the authorities to stop the abominable practice.

District administration unaware of the child marriages happening under their jurisdiction

The report further states that after the issue of child marriages came to the fore, the administration sprang into action, stopping the marriage of one Divya(name changed). Divya’s father claims that the pressure of making ends meet is so high that he could hardly provide food for his family, let alone fund Divya’s higher education. 

The story is similar across the district, claims Divya, who says that girls are married off right after their primary education gets over, even if that means marrying them off before attaining the legal age of marriage. 

The reemergence of a social evil such as child marriage, that had taken several decades and conscious efforts by successive state governments to eradicate, bodes ill for the state already buckling the under the strain of coronavirus outbreak. Even as the state authorities are buckling down to the task of taming the coronavirus, they should also pay heed to the social aspects of the fallout from the coronavirus.

More than 200 cases of child marriages reported in Maharashtra from March to June 2020

The phenomenon of rise in child marriages is not unique to any single district alone. The scourge of child marriage is pervasive across the Maharashtra, from Kolhapur to Osmanabad, Latur to Sangli and several other districts of Marathwada.

Last week, a report in Times of India has stated that the Childline, the nodal agency for children in distress had made over 5500 intervention between May and July related to the issues of child marriage.

According to child rights activist Santosh Shinde, also a former member of Maharashtra’s State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, more than 200 cases of child marriage have been reported between March and June. While many cases of the child marriages have been prevented with the help of vigilant locals and child rights activist, there might be several cases across the length and breadth of the state which may have carried out stealthily, beating the watchful eyes of conscious locals and activists.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

From cover up to conspiracy to murder: Some unanswered questions about Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s death in Kashmir

Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee had died mysteriously days after he was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir for entering the state without permission

Former IFS officer Lakshmi M Puri sends legal notice to Congress supporter Saket Gokhale for misleading allegations against her

Alleged activist and Congress mouthpiece Saket Gokhale made baseless allegations against Lakshmi M Puri, wife of Hardeep Singh Puri

Ever Given: Ship that blocked Suez Canal has since been held by Canal authorities, they wanted 916 million dollars

After demanding 916 USD initially, the canal authorities had later lowered the demand amount to 550 million. A final settlement is expected to be reached soon.

Trinamool MP Mimi Chakraborty duped by fake IAS officer’s fake vaccination drive, one arrested

Mimi Chakraborty was reportedly duped by a man who claimed to be an IAS officer and requested the TMC MP to be chief guest at a COVID-19 vaccination drive organised by him.

Telangana: Woman working at Christian priest’s home dies in police custody, officer suspended

Mariyamma, who used to work as a domestic help at local priest Father Balaswamy's house in Govindapuram village, breathed her last on June 18 after cops allegedly assaulted her.

Kanpur: Hindu families put “for sale” signs outside their houses after being forced to convert to Islam, SP MLA accused of shielding the goons

10 Hindu families in Rail Patri colony in Kanpur live under constant fear as they have been threatened either to covert to Islam or leave the area.

Recently Popular

Ravish Kumar appears massively frustrated as India administers 85 lakh COVID vaccines in single day, this is why he does not make sense

Ravish Kumar goes on a ranting spree to hate on PM Modi by camouflaging propaganda as 'criticism' over COVID-19 vaccination

‘Is your father a mali or chowkidar? I will cancel your license, H*r*m*zade’: Maneka Gandhi threatens vets in viral audios

The Indian Veterinary Association in a letter have condemned the unruly behavior and unparliamentary language used by Maneka Gandhi against animal doctors.

How Venkatesh Prasad is winning hearts with his ‘Sanghi’ posts, one tweet at a time

Venkatesh Prasad demonstrated the Surya Namaskar for his followers, performed in deference to the Sun God.

After being slammed by Bombay HC for lack of evidence, Mumbai police names Arnab Goswami as an accused in second TRP chargesheet

Republic TV had submitted before Bombay HC that Mumbai Police have deliberately not named Arnab Goswami in charge sheet to keep the investigation open

Oxfam says reporting rape cases harms black and marginalised people, blames ‘privileged white women’ for root causes of sexual violence

Oxfam says that fighting against sexual assault legitimises criminal punishment, which harms black and other marginalised people
- Advertisement -


Connect with us