The level at which children are being forced to marry older grooms has become alarmingly high.
A recent reports revealed how kids as young as five were forced to marry older grooms with an heartbreaking clip of a 10-year old crying uncontrollably as she was forced to marry a teenage partner, has now gone viral.
in the clip, the young girl, who has her head covered in fuschia-coloured scarf , is seen pleading for help as her father and another man span her around.
The wedding which took place over the weekend happened in chittorgarh, a city in Rajasthan, northern India. Chittorgarh, is a known state in the country for child marriages.
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In yet another video, a faith leader – conducting the Hindu ritual – is also seen scolding the crying children and telling them to keep quiet while another child bride of about five years old was seen crying loudly as she was forced to complete the marriage rites.
District Magistrate of Chittorgarh, Ved Prakash, said:
As soon as we came to know about these incidents we sent teams out to find the culprits.
Once they are caught the marriages of their children will be void and the court will decide strict action against them. We have stopped several child marriages in the past but at times, fearing police, the villagers opt for a secretive venue which may be outside their district or village.
Many do not report the incident to police even in fear of the social pressures.