Rajasthan Child Marriage: High Court gives amazing order to stop child marriage, Panch-Sarpanch will be responsible

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RP Singh, counsel for the petitioners, said that a list was also provided to the court which provided details of child marriages taking place in the state around Akshaya Tritiya. According to Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Rules 1996, the duty of prohibiting child marriage has been cast on the Sarpanch.

The Rajasthan High Court on May 1 directed the state government to ensure that no child marriages take place in the state, and ordered that village heads and panchayat members be held accountable if it happens. The High Court order has come before the Akshaya Tritiya festival falling on May 10 this year. Traditionally, many child marriages take place on Akshaya Tritiya in Rajasthan. A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court was hearing a PIL seeking the court’s intervention to stop child marriage. During the hearing, the court said that despite the implementation of the Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2006, child marriage still continues in the state. The court emphasized that although the efforts of the authorities have reduced the cases of child marriage, much more still needs to be done.

RP Singh, counsel for the petitioners, said that a list was also provided to the court which provided details of child marriages taking place in the state around Akshaya Tritiya. According to Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Rules 1996, the duty of prohibiting child marriage has been cast on the Sarpanch. Thus, as an interim measure, we would direct the State to call for a report regarding the investigation conducted to prevent child marriage, which has been taken up in the State and also take a close look at the list annexed with the PIL Asked to keep it.

The court further said that the defendants should also ensure that no child marriages take place within the state. Sarpanch and Panch should be made aware and informed that if they are negligent then they will be held responsible under Section 11 of Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2006.

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