No cases of child marriages have been reported in 11 States and Union Territories of the country during 2013-2017. It includes Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep.
This was informed by Women and Child Welfare Minister Smriti Irani while quoting data of National Crime Record Bureau in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
She said incidents of the child marriages have continuously increased in the country during 2013-2017. She added that 222 cases of child marriages were registered in the year 2013 while it was 280 in 2014, 293 in 2015, 326 in 2016.
In the year 2017, 395 cases of child marriages were registered in several parts of the country. She informed that maximum numbers of 65 cases were registered in Karnataka in 2017 followed by 58 in Assam, 55 in Tamil Nadu and 49 in West Bengal. (AIR NEWS)