SALEM/TIRUCHY: The marriage of a minor boy and a minor girl was stopped here on Sunday due to the timely intervention of officials.
Sources said that the marriage of Ramya (17) and Ramakrishnan (20) (both names changed), residents of SMC Colony in Kitchipalayam, were fixed by their parents and the wedding was to be solemnized at Karkatha Vellalar Marriage Hall here on Sunday.
Acting on a tip-off which said that a marriage of minors is to be conducted at a minor girl, Salem Town Revenue Inspector along with a team reached the marriage venue and checked the age of the bride and bridegroom. During inquiries, the team confirmed that the two had not attained the legal age.
Then, officials explained the parents of both the boy and the girl the disadvantages of minor marriage and it was also punishable under the law. The officials advised the parents to convert the ceremony into a betrothal and fix the wedding after the couple attained the legal age for marriage. Following this, the parents of the minors agreed to the suggestion.
Meanwhile, a team of officials saved a girl from minor marriage in Peramblalur district on Sunday.
The team following orders from collector Darez Ahamed, who got information about the marriage, reached Thiruvalakkuruchi in Perambalur disrict, the wedding venue, and stopped the marriage of a 16-year-old girl, a native of Alathur.