More than 45,000 wedding suppliers have refused to supply to child marriages in Rajasthan. This step has been taken with an objective to eliminate child marriages in the country and the vendors in Rajasthan have decided to turn their backs on people who indulge in this social evil.
The vendors’ association, Rajasthan Tent Dealers Kiraya Vyavsai Samiti, have now started to verify and scrutinize the birth documents of the bride and groom to ensure that they are of legal marriageable age. The association has also decided to inform the nearest police station if they see a discrepancy in the documents of the bride and groom.
Ravi Jindal, the president of the association, said,
If anyone comes 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 a child marriage. In case a person or group of persons gives us wrong information, we will immediately inform the police and other government officials for the required intervention.
Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have the highest recorded numbers of child marriage in the country. According to a report,
India ranks sixth in the world in the number of child marriages that happen every year. According to the Census report of 2011, nearly 17 million Indian children between the ages of 10 and 19 are married. Of this number, 76%, or 12.7 million, are minor girls.
The highest prevalence rate of child marriage in South Asia were in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Afghanistan.