Hyderabad: Ranga Reddy district officials and the police stopped a child marriage and rescued a 13-year-old girl from her house in Bantwaram village on Tuesday. The officials found that the Class VIII student was about to be married off to a 21-year-old man from Vikarabad and that the girl’s parents had scheduled the wedding next week.
Based on a tip-off from the ground staff of Childline, the mandal revenue officer and Bantwaram police went to the house of P. Krishnaiah, the girl’s father. Krishnaiah and his wife P. Manamma admitted that they were planning the wedding of their minor daughter on February 12. The officials counselled the parents and rescued the kid from the house.
“The girl has been sent to Kasturba school, a residential school, where she was earlier studying. The wedding was cancelled by the parents after the counselling,” said sub inspector Raju of the local police station. Local sources said the prospective groom, P. Paramesh, a mechanic from Nawabpet mandal, is a relative of the victim. His parents had approached Krishnaiah and his wife with a marital proposal.
“His parents saw the girl when she came for a family function in the village. They approached the girl’s parents who instantly okayed the wedding,” said a neighbour. The police did not book any case.