Supreme Court raises concern over mass weddings on Akshya Tritiya

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday voiced serious concern over mass child marriages, especially during the spring festival of Akshaya Tritiya and said the government should take proactive steps to prevent such weddings.

Minor girls are married in thousands and subjected to sexual intercourse regardless of their health, their ability to bear children and other adverse social, economic and psychological consequences, the top court said.

Akshay Tritiya is a spring time festival celebrated by the Hindus. The court said that though the civil society was doing its part to prevent such child marriages but eventually it is for the Centre and the state governments to take proactive steps to prevent child marriages, so that young girls can aspire to a better and healthier life. “We hope the State realises and appreciates this,” the bench said.

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