It Is Necessary To Remind States To Eradicate Child Marriage Menace: Punjab & Haryana High Court

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It Is Necessary To Remind States To Eradicate Child Marriage Menace

Case: Daya Ram & another v. State of Haryana & others

Coram: Hon’ble Mr. Justice Manoj Bajaj

Case No: Criminal Writ Petition No.5212 of 2021

Court Observation: “In effect therefore the practice of early marriage or child marriage even if sanctified by tradition and custom may yet be an undesirable practice today with increasing awareness and knowledge of its detrimental effects and the detrimental effects of early pregnancy. Should this traditional practice still continue? We do not think so and the sooner it is given up, it would be in the best interest of the girl child and for society as a whole”

“His stand-to claim himself as lawful representative of minor girl is not worth acceptance…Strangely, petitioner No.1 has not explained why the minor girl after leaving the house did not make any complaint either to the police against her parents or contacted any other close relative to resolve her differences with the parents.”

“Thus, it is apparent that the present petition has been filed hastily by petitioner No.1 to put up a defence to the above FIR registered at the instance of respondent No.5,”

“Despite the penal provisions are in place through the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, but child marriages are taking place in violation of the provisions of the said Act.”

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