In Mysuru, the people who attend child marriages or facilitate it by letting out free accommodation will be booked. They will face Rs 1 lakh fine and two years jail.
K Radha, deputy director, women and child development department (WCD) department, Mysuru district, said, “If it’s found that the minor was pushed to have sex or if she becomes pregnant, those who attended and facilitated the marriage will be booked under the Pocso Act.”
The WCD department, which stopped 216 child marriages in the district in past two years, has decided to go tough against violators.
“In 2012-13 and 2013-14, 35 and 21 child marriages were stopped respectively. The number increased in 2014-15 and 2015-16 as we managed to stop 111 and 105 child marriages across the district. Priests, the attendees and those let out choultry for the marriage will be booked under the Child Marriage Prohibition Act,” Radha told TOI.
Further, the department is planning to raise awareness about the consequences of child marriage by visiting schools and villages.
“With the help of voluntary organizations we will try to create more awareness. In days to come, the punishment will be stringent and no one can escape from law,” said Radha.