Assam little one marriage: In an try to put curb on little one marriage within the state, the Assam authorities has determined to ebook males who marry ladies beneath 14 years of age. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned a cupboard assembly was held the place it was determined to ebook such males below the Safety of Youngsters from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The state has a fairly excessive price of maternal and toddler mortality, and well being professionals hyperlink it with little one marriage. Chatting with the media in regards to the newest cupboard determination on the matter, CM Sarma mentioned that Assam has a median of 31% of marriages within the “prohibited age”.
Defaulters to be booked below Prohibition of Little one Marriage Act
He additional mentioned that the Prohibition of Little one Marriage Act, 2006 will probably be used to prosecute males who marry ladies between the ages of 14 and 18 and required authorized motion could be taken in opposition to them.
“Each village can have a Little one Safety Officer designated, and the Gram Panchayat Secretary could be answerable for reporting any little one marriages that happen there,” he added. The Chief Minister additionally mentioned that the police have been instructed to launch a state-wide crackdown in opposition to little one marriage.
Notably, the POCSO Act of 2012 defines a baby as a person below the age of 18 and it criminalises intercourse between an under-age little one and an grownup. The authorized age for marriage is eighteen years for ladies and 21 for males.
(With IANS inputs)