Mistaken child marriage, officials face wrath of villagers

Mistaken child marriage, officials face wrath of villagers

May 14, 2018

Mandya: The officers of Child Welfare Committee and the Department of Women and Child Welfare were reportedly threatened and assaulted by people when they made an attempt to stop an alleged child marriage which was being solemnised in Shikaripura village of Nagamangala taluk in the  district yesterday.

On a tip-off, the officers, led by Child Helpline Officer Sujata, were said to have gone to the village where a minor girl was about to be wedded to a boy.

The relatives of the girl supported by villagers asserted that no child marriage was being performed. When media persons too arrived to cover the incident the villagers reportedly threatened and assaulted the officers and media persons. When the situation was reaching a flash point, Nagamangala Police were summoned who managed to bring the situation under control and allowed the officers to leave.

However, Sujata said that later she got the age of the girl to be married checked from the school records of the girl, it was found that the girl was 19 years old and hence, no complaint of child marriage was registered.

Girl sets herself ablazeNanjangud, May 14 (Ravi&KS)-An 18-year-old girl reportedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze at her house in Channapattana village near Hullahalli in the taluk on Saturday morning.

The deceased girl has been identified as Pavithra, daughter of Kempamma. Pavithra had passed her 2nd PUC exams with distinction recently.

Pavithra, who poured kerosene on her before setting herself ablaze when the family members were away, was noticed by the neighbours who rushed her to K.R. Hospital in Mysuru, but she breathed her last yesterday morning after failing to respond to the treatment.

Meanwhile, one Koosaiah, in his complaint to Hullahali Police, has stated that Pavithra was suffering from frequent stomach pain and unable to bear the pain, she (Pavitha) had committed suicide.

But there are rumours that a youth from the same village was harassing Pavithra since a few months and unable to bear the harassment, she has committed suicide which the Police have rubbished.


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