Parents and family members surrounding the minor girl while the police enquire about her age at Mahabubabad on Thursday
Mahabubabad/Bhupalpally: The district officials on Thursday saved three minor girls from becoming child brides here in Mahabubabad and Jayashanker Bhupalpally districts.
Two incidents of child marriage took place at Mahabubabad district headquarters. According to the officials, the marriages of two minor girls aged 15 and 16 respectively were arranged by their family members at Sundaraiah Nagar and Vaddera Colony at Mahabubabad town on Thursday.
On learning about the marriages, the police, revenue, ICDS and Childline 1098 officials visited the places. The district child protection officer S Praveen Kumar, police sub-inspector Kamalakar, revenue inspector J Sudhakar, Childline team members N Aruna, B Umarani, K Venkatesh Goud and D Anil interacted with the family members enquiring about the age of the girls.
On finding that the girls were minors, the officials counselled their parents on the evil impact of child marriages and told them to stop performing the marriage rituals. The parents and family members initially objected to the interference but later obliged.
In another incident at Gopalapuram of Chityal mandal in Bhupalpally district, the marriage of a 17-year-old girl was arranged by her parents.
The district police who rushed to the village along with women and child welfare department officials stopped the marriage. The girls would be produced before the district Child Welfare Committee, the officials informed.