It has urged the SC and ST Development department to include 'prevention of child marriages' agenda in parent-teacher meetings in all its schools henceforth.
The number across Karnataka rose three-fold between April 2021 and March 2022, and almost doubled in the April 2020-March 21 period, as compared 2019-2020 before the pandemic set in.
However, after receiving information, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) officials rushed to the marriage venue and stopped the child marriage.
Kerala has registered the lowest rate of 6.3%. The rate of underage marriages in AP has declined to 29.3% in NFHS-5, compared to 33% in NFHS-4.
Despite several laws and measures being put in place to prevent child marriages, the erstwhile Kurnool district has reported 24 such instances between 2018 and 2021.
While there were 24 reported cases of child marriage in the State in 2018, it grew to 35 in 2019 and 60 in 2020.
Telangana has seen a decline in child marriages thanks to Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak schemes.
During the first wave of the pandemic, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) had reported an increase in criminal activities against children, including sexual harassment cases, by 4.8 per cent.
Decoy operations and swift action by the SHE Teams helped in apprehending the offenders. Those apprehended are being counselled at the LB Nagar Camp Office.
Reports claim that 82 child marriages were held during the lockdown period in Kerala.
In an effort to prevent child marriages and crimes against women and children, volunteer teams have been formed in Denkanikottai police sub-division.
The Department of Women and Child Development has started a new campaign against child marriage called Ponvakku.
Of the young mothers aged between 15 and 19, 316 delivered their second baby, 59 their third and 16 their fourth, says the report. The data hints at the prevalence of child marriages.