YFPHR lauds district authorities’ swift action

18 October 2017

IMPHAL | Oct 17

Youth’s Forum for Protection on Human Rights has appreciated the prompt action taken by the Thoubal Youth’s Child Protection officer (DCPO), Thoubal District Child Marriage Prohibition Officer (DCMPO) Reena and her team, Thoubal District Childline team and Thoubal police team under the direction made yesterday by the Social Welfare department and Manipur State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights to rescue a 12 years old minor from getting married.

A release said that the marriage of the child was fixed today at the residence of the bridegroom somewhere in Thoubal district and the said team rushed to the residence of the bridegroom and enquired about the marriage and asked to produce the girl and the boy.

However, the parents of the boy failed to cooperate with the team as a result father of the boy was taken to the police station concerned for further query, it added.

The girl child was handed over to the police and the team of DPCO, DCMPO and Chlidline and later the child was produced before the Child Welfare Committee, Thoubal district, said the release.

It said that the incidence came to light when YFPHR made a written compliant along with sufficient age proof document of child girl to the social welfare department and Manipur State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights soon after receiving a report from the field urging upon the departments for their urgent intervention.

Further it said that after filling the complaint YFPHR along with advocate Laimayum Sevananda and Thounaojam James the lawyers of the complainant, that is, the father of the victim, rushed to the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Thoubal district, A. Shanta Devi and submitted a petition to grant an injunction of the said marriage of the 12 years old minor under the Child Marriage Protection Act, 2006.

Responding to the urgency of the case, the CJM, Thoubal have issued an injunction of the said marriage until further order, it said adding that the next hearing is fixed on November 6.


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