Sindhuli, February 10, 2017:Â A local teenager girlsâ€™ club at Belghari VDC in Sindhuli district has fought tooth and nails to foil a child marriage that was about to be performed in their locality.
A 12-year-old girl of Chisapani, Belghari-2 in the district was in the marriage ceremony as a bride to 22-year-old groom, Kanak Karki of Ranichuri-2 in the same district.
The sixth grader bride, as locals claimed, was about to tie the nuptial knot forcefully arranged by her relatives from maternal uncleâ€™s home (mawali) while the groom and marriage suite had reached the bride-to-be for the ceremony. Â Much to the surprise of the people, the members of the teenager girlsâ€™ club and civil awareness centre hit the sight soon and did whatever it took to call off the marriage.
Clubâ€™s member Sabita Baral shared that the marriage suite were chased away along with the groom-to-be and the marriage was eventually called off.
The club members counseled the bride-to-beâ€™s family members of the negative impact of the child marriage on the minors. They also informed them about the legal provisions against such ill-practices.
Cases of child marriage are rampant in Sindhuli district. The local organizations have been conducting awareness drive to stop child marriages but to no avail.
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