The legal age of marrying in India is 18 and 21 for girls and boys respectively. Despite this fact India stands sixth in the world in the number of child marriages every year.
The Census report of 2011 shows that nearly 17 million Indian children between the ages of 10 and 19 are married.
The report also showed that out of the whole data 76% i.e. 12.7 million are girls
. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan are the states that actively participate in this cruel practice.
During the Akha Teej festival in the last week of April and first week of May people from small villages marry off their underage children.
Marriages like these are common in districts like Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Banswara, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Churu.
47,000 marriage tent dealers in Rajasthan have taken a step against this practice and has refused to supply tents to weddings where children are being married off.
Dealers under “Rajasthan Tent Dealers Kiraya Vavshya Samiti” will be checking the birth certificates of the bride and groom to ensure there are no child marriages.
As per the report of India TV, Ravi Jindal, president of Rajasthan Tent Dealers Kiraaya Vyavsai Samiti said,
When anyone will come to book us to supply the tent and do other decorations, we will ask for the birth certificate of the boy and girl to ensure it is not child marriage. In case a person or group of persons gives us wrong information, we will immediately inform the nearby police and other government officials for the required intervention.
India has a long way to go before it can be said to have progressed. These dealers should be applauded in their attempt to right a very old wrong.