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.
In Sundargarh district, child marriage scenario has improved significantly over the past 38 years. However, interior areas continue to report cases of the social evil.
There has been an increase in the number of child marriages in rural areas of Kalaburagi district as compared to last year, which officials attribute to the Covid pandemic.
However, despite efforts by the Women and Child Development department, seven marriages could not be stopped. Cases were registered in these illegal weddings.
Child-protection officials say distress calls from minor girls seeking rescue from forced marriages have doubled
The reason for the spike is that children are being forced into early marriages by parents who lose their livelihoods due to the pandemic.
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