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TIRUCHI: A child marriage was prevented after intervention by representatives of Childline and Child Welfare Committee on Wednesday at a village near Thottiyam.
The marriage of the girl, a Plus One student belonging to Thottiyampatti with her 34-year-old relative in Balasamudram, both hamlets in Kattuputhur Panchayat, was prevented after advocate and Member of Child Welfare Committee T. Jayanthi Ranee, City Childline Coordinator Thiagarajan confronted the bridegroom's family and threatened them of consequences of going ahead with the marriage that was slated for March 6. They were accompanied by an official of the District Social Welfare department and the Inspector of Thottiyam police station Rajendran.
The girl with whom Ms. Jayanthi Ranee spoke to over phone had expressed her desire to continue her education. It came to light that she had lost her father and her widowed mother wanted to marry her off at the earliest.
On Wednesday morning, the bridegroom's family was summoned to the Thottiyam police station and asked to give in writing their abandonment of the marriage proposal.
The Social Welfare Department has instructed its Grama Sevikas to ensure that the girl pursues her education.
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