15-year-old girl saved from wedlock

A 15-year-old girl, whose parents had arranged her wedding on Sunday, was saved from being married off after government officials reached the venue and prevented the ceremony.

Vijayawada: A 15-year-old girl, whose parents had arranged her wedding on Sunday, was saved from being married off after government officials reached the venue and prevented the ceremony.

On getting information about a minor girl`s marriage being arranged, the officials of government-run Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) reached the venue at Balajinagar in the city today and took the girl under their protection, ICDS, Vijayawada, project director K Krishna Kumari said.

The girl would be handed over to her parents only after they give a written statement that they would not marry her off till she turns major, Kumari said.

If the parents again try to get the girl married, criminal proceedings would be initiated against them and the minor would be provided full protection by the ICDS, the official added.

PTI

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