Compiled by GERARD GIMINO, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
AUTHORITIES in Tamil Nadu intervened and put a stop to three child marriages involving 17-year-old girls, Malaysia Nanban reported.
In the first case, a 22-year-old man named Godwin from the Coonoor municipality had been seeing a 17-year-old girl from the same area. Eventually, she ended up pregnant.
She told her parents about it when she was about seven months’ pregnant. The families from both sides discussed the matter and decided to get them married.
When the wedding arrangements began in earnest a few days ago, district welfare officer Prasanna Devi, who got wind of the matter, led a team of officers to put a stop to it.
Godwin was arrested and charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
In another incident in Ooty city, a wedding between a 26-year-old labourer identified as Rajan and his 17-year-old girlfriend, which was arranged by their parents, was also stopped by welfare authorities.
And in the resort town of Kodaikanal, the wedding between a 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl was abandoned after authorities intervened.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.