Smriti Irani Credit: File Image

New Delhi: After failing to come up with data on the number of migrants killed while making their way back to villages, on the number of healthcare staff, including doctors, nurses, support staff and ASHA workers, who have been affected and died of COVID-19, the Centre has once again said that there is no data to indicate the rising number of child marriage cases during the lockdown period.

In a written reply on the floor of the Upper House of Parliament, Union minister of women and child development Smriti Irani on Thursday said that as per the information received from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), there is no data to indicate rising number of child marriage cases during the lockdown period.

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Announcing that the Centre has enacted the “Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), 2006”, the minister also said that the government of India undertakes awareness drives, media campaigns and outreach programmes and issues advisories to the states/ UTs from time to time to highlight evil effects of this practice.

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“Further, the ministry of women and child development implements the schemes of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP)’ in which creation of awareness amongst women on matters pertaining to gender equality and discouraging of child marriage is an important focus area. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) also undertakes awareness programmes and consultations with stakeholders from time to time in this regard,” Smriti Irani said.

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