The girl's parents had sold girl for Rs 40,000 and received an advance of Rs 20,000, with remaining amount to be handed over to them after the wedding.
Overall, Unicef estimates that 640 million girls and women living today were married off before they turned 18. Post the Covid-19 pandemic, when poor families were driven to destitution, young girls were married off by many families to reduce their burdens. Indeed, poverty has been identified as a major factor responsible for such marriages, while the other is the impact of climate change.
The chief minister said that the Assam government is discussing bringing a new law in the state against Child Marriage and that the state government's drive against Child Marriage will continue.
Social Welfare Department officials would be directed to conduct proper awareness among families against child marriages.
Payal Jangid from Rajasthan has not only helped discourage child marriages but persuaded parents to continue their children's education.
Shobha Chauhan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Sojat in Rajasthan, was served a notice by the returning officer over her alleged remarks in support of child marriage in the constituency.