Timely intervention of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and police officials saved a 16-year-old girl student from wedding ties on Sunday.
However, sources said that police had not registered any First Information Report (FIR) regarding the matter and the girl was being shifted to a home.
According to sources, the marriage of the minor girl, studying in a government school in Villianur, was to take place on Sunday. The marriage, which was arranged against her wishes, was fixed by some of her relatives and her mother, who works as a sweeper.
The girl revealed about her marriage to a teacher in the school, who informed the Villianur police station., who immediately swung into action.As per the procedure, the station police officer informed the Child Welfare Committee chairperson, Dr Vidyaa Ramkumar about the child marriage bid, which was schedule to take place on Sunday. The minor’s mother, the bridegroom and his relatives were summoned to the police station. The officials convinced the mother and the youth to refrain from such an act.
Meanwhile, as per instructions of the CWC chairperson, a child protection officer and probation officer visited the police station and held a round of counselling with the minor girl, who told them that she wanted to continue with her studies. The CWC was in the process of shifting the girl to a welfare home.
Meanwhile, the Bahour police were also informed as the minor was resident of that area. No FIR has been filed and the families of the girl and the youth were being kept under the observation of the police.