TRIBAL GIRLS BECOMING HOUSEWIVES AT THE AGE OF 10

16 Jul 2013 07:54

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India, July 16 (Bernama) -- Even as the state is widely debating the marriage of under-aged Muslim girls in the context of a controversial government circular, a 10-year-old girl of a tribal colony here was married off to a 24-year-old youth, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

A class III student and member of Kattupaniya tribe, of Vettilakolli colony at Kakkadampoyil, bordering Kozhikode and Malappuram districts in the south Indian state of Kerala, was forced to enter into wedlock with Biju of an adjacent tribal settlement.

She has been denied her right to continue schooling as well. The little homemaker, who was very active in her studies, now appears frightened, disappointed and confused.

She was staying at Manimooli Tribal Hostel, Nilambur in Mallapuram district of Kerela.

Kalyani, an anganwadi teacher from Palakkayam tribal colony who taught the girl, said this was a serious social issue and immediate intervention of authorities was required.

-- BERNAMA

RT