Odisha government regulations regarding the prohibition of child marriage

Odisha has developed a commonized rulebook and a uniform system for declaring villages and wards in urban areas free from child marriage . The guidelines are a step toward making Odisha a child marriage-free state by 2030 .

BHUBANESWAR: The women and child development department has developed a commonized rulebook and a uniform system for declaring villages and wards in urban areas free from child marriage.As detailed in the State Strategic Action Plan to combat the issue, this is a step toward making Odisha a child marriage-free state by 2030.If a village or ward does not witness any child marriage for a minimum of two years, it will be declared free from child marriage under the guidelines released on Friday.A village-level child welfare commission will be formed, and it will hold regular quarterly meetings.

A village-level system can be developed to track child marriages and block them from occurring through child protection committees.In this regard, ongoing community awareness initiatives, meetings, and discussions will be held.A database of all girls and boys aged 10 to 19 years indicating their educational status should be available to track whether the students are continuing their studies.On behalf of the villageward-level child protection commission, an Anganwadi worker will nominate the child marriage prohibition officer (CMPO) of her target area for declaring her village or ward child-marriage free.

More than 12,000 villages in Odisha have been declared to be free from child marriages so far.To maintain their status, however, those villages must continue to comply with the rules.