Bhubaneswar, September 26: Even today in some corners of the nation, ‘child marriages’ are still breathing and destroying the young lives. But today, young voices are backed by the society to stop this menace. Likewise, Reeta Majhi, a 13-year-old tribal girl from Odisha’s Kalahandi district prevented her parents from getting her married off to a drunkard by informing about the marriage to district administration.
The class VII student of Kathaghara Kasturba Gandhi Residential School in Thuamul Rampur, Reeta Majhi, wrote to the district administration seeking their assistance to stop her wedding.
In the letter to the district administration, Reeta wrote that she wanted to study and was not ready for marriage, said an official. On receiving the request Kalahandi district collector Anjan Kumar Manik formed a team to enquire the matter and stop the wedding.The team formed the Kalahandi district collector included members of child protection unit and child welfare committee.
According to the statement given by the girl, her father is an alcoholic and has arranged her wedding with another drunkard of their locality during Dusshera. She also mentioned that her mother also supported her father’s decision.
District Child protection officer Sailendu Sekhar Mohapatra said, “The wedding could only be stopped because of the girl’s courageous step.” The officials visiting her house informed her parents that child marriage was illegal and forbade them from getting the minor married till she attains adulthood. The nation needs such courageous minds to stop the menace.