NEW DELHI: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has rescued a 13-year-old “bride” from her house in Jamia Nagar just a couple of days before she was being married off.
DCW’s 181 helpline had received an anonymous complaint about the proposed marriage. The commission was also told that the girl’s haldi ceremony was scheduled for October 5 and it would be the best time to catch the family red-handed.
DCW chief Swati Maliwal was informed, who, along with member Kiran Negi, set up a team to take up the matter. On reaching the spot on the given date along with Delhi Police personnel, the team found that the house was decorated and several marriage rituals were being performed.
When the team enquired about the girl, the family claimed that she was adult but could not produce any document to prove it. Police then searched the premises and found the girl locked in a room. They took the girl and her family members to Jamia Nagar police station.
After a medical examination at a hospital, the girl’s statement was recorded and she was shifted to a shelter home. The girl was produced before a child welfare committee on Wednesday. An FIR has been registered against the family members and some of them have been arrested.
Maliwal said, “Even in cities like Delhi, girls are being deprived of their childhood. They are being forcefully married off at a young age… I hope strong action is taken against people who get their children married off.”



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