Mangalore, Oct 29, 2014: At a review meeting of Women and Child Welfare department programmes at tahsildar’s office in the city on October 28, Tuesday; Child Development Project Officers of Mangalore urban and rural areas have expressed concern over poor women from villages getting married to unknown men from other far off states. There is a racket it seems in the district where the parents, out of poverty get their daughters married off to unknown men.
Mangalore Urban CDPO Gulabi said that such instances were reported from Paduperar village. The bride and groom and their family meet for a brief time and the next day wedding is fixed. Girl’s family who get the proposal through a broker do not even give time for basic background check of the groom and his family due to poverty and lack of convenience. Wedding takes place in a hurry as per the tradition, but does not get registered. The girl who goes to her husband’s house will be treated like a slave and returns to her parents soon. The marriage is not valid as it is not registered, she said.
Mangalore Rural CDPO Shyamala too echoed her point and said that such cases were reported in Moodbidri too. “It is not that all those grooms who marry the girls are the same. The girls’ families should ensure that the marriage is registered,” she said.
Further, CDPO said that the women and child welfare department prevented seven child marriages in 2013 -14 and two marriages this year, based on advance information. Tahsildar Mohan Rao chaired the meeting. Indeed this is a subject that must get best attention and be solved in a legal manner.