15-year-old girl rescued from child marriage


TRICHY: The child welfare department officials on Wednesday rescued a 15-year-old class 10 girl from Lalgudi, who was allegedly being forced to marry by her parents. According to the child welfare department officials, the girl is said to have been studying in the Lalgudi Girls Higher Secondary School and was made to drop out from her school by her parents due to marriage. It is said that the girl was getting engaged and her marriage was fixed next week. The Child line that received the information first, soon alerted the district social welfare officials who in turn alerted the rural welfare officer in Lagudi. They rescued the girl when the engagement was taking place and handed her over to the child welfare department at the district. The Lalgudi police was also involved in the rescue operation of the girl. The rescued girl was given shelter at child welfare committee (CWC) district home on Wednesday night. "We received her at around 9.45 pm on Wednesday and provided her shelter. Later, we handed her over to CWC on Thursday," said A Albert Manoharan, coordinator, Child line customer care. The girl's parents had also been summoned for the investigation. The CWC officials said the investigation will soon be held after consulting with all the parties. Meanwhile, it was her friends, who found out that her betrothal was going to be held against her will, as she was not attending her classes for the past three days.