Our organization Sanjeevani has been executing CHILD Helpine programme in Almora district as a collaborating agency for the last one year. During the entire year organization faced many shades of life. At times it was for education purpose, other time pertains to health issue and sometime it was from different other issues.
Entire staff is committed towards their 24X7 job. Whenever there is call, Childline team rushed to rescue or pursue.
Day before yesterday, office got a call from a unknown person. The caller told the staff that one girl from some village near Almora town is going to marry with someone from Uttar Pradesh. He said that he is very much sure that it is child marriage case. He told that the girl is a student of class ninth and hardly fourteen year of age. Childline Almora team registered the case and executed the case further. They informed revenue police, SSP Office and Child Welfare Committee Almora in this regard and urged the quick action. Childline staff informed some reputed social worker of Almora and seek to get their assistance.
Office team was keep in touch with the caller and some other members ran towards the village. Entire system has moved to follow the case and revenue police told that they have left the village and Regular Police asked Regular Police to trap them outside of Almora.
After two hour of exercise, Regular police with the help of revenue police caught them and produced them in SSP office Almora. The girl told in the SSP office that she is nineteen years of age but face wise she looking very young. Next day Tehsildar and other person enquired about the date of birth. They found from the records she is only fourteen year old and student of class ninth. The man, came from UP, was about thirty eight year old or more. Thus this was entirely a case of child marriage. And some people were playing with the life of an innocent girl for their own interest. Case has filed against child marriage and that man and his mates have gone behind the bar.
Though we are living in twenty first century but our society is still taking away the childhoods of an innocent child. Now it is a high time to intervene in this core issue and address this issue properly.