DCW chief condemns Chittorgarh child marriage, demands strict action

New Delhi : Delhi Commission for Women ( DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday condemned the marriage of a six-year-old girl in Rajasthan and urged the state government to take due cognisance of the case and take stringent action against the social malice.

Maliwal told ANI that, “It is very shameful not only for Rajasthan but for the entire country as on hand we are talking about women empowerment and on the other hand such incidents are cropping up ; the state government should immediately take note of the event and investigate the matter fast and give an example that henceforth any parent would think ten times before committing such a hideous act.”

A six-year-old girl and a minor boy were allegedly married in Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, as part of a mass wedding organised in the state.

Child marriage is illegal in India under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act of 2006.

According to UNICEF, India is home to a third of the world’s child brides. (ANI)