Hyderabad: In just five years, the Rachakonda She Teams rescued 100 girl children, 29 of them aged 15 or younger, from child marriages. According to officials, the highest number of 43 child marriages was prevented in Bhongir area while the lowest was three marriages in LB Nagar during the five years since the inception of the She Teams.
Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said awareness programmes taken up by the She Teams along with self-help groups to bring in awareness among people on child marriages played an important role in curbing the social evil.
“During the awareness programmes, the She Teams made the public understand the problems of child marriages. As a result of these programmes from 2017 to 2021, the Rachakonda She Teams stopped 100 child marriages and rescued the girls from child marriages,” he said.
Bhagwat, appreciating the good work of the She Teams, requested citizens not to encourage child marriages as it was a crime. Priests, wedding invitation printers, elders and supporters of the marriage and parents of the child would be held responsible for the act, he said, adding that citizens could report child marriages on Dial 100 facility or the Rachakonda Police WhatsApp number– 9490617111.
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