Jharkhand’s Political Party chief Tala Marandi has put himself and the party in an embarrassing situation after his son’s marriage. His son Munna Marandi was married to an 11-year-old girl. Jharkhand chief minister who was supposed to attend the marriage dropped out in the last minute to avoid any controversy. Now an FIR has been lodged against Munna Marandi for marrying the minor. The accused and his father have avoided questions over the issue and have refused to comment on the developments.
What is the state of child marriage in India?
1. The child marriage rates in India has drastically reduced from the sample surveys taken in 1998 and 2005.
2.Jharkhand has the highest child marriage rates prevalent in India at 14.1 %.
3. Many states have incentivized families for delaying child marriages up to the age of 18.
4. As of 2011 census, the child marriage rate prevalent in India is about 3.7%
Why is this marriage controversial?
There has been a renewed focus on the development of the girl child by the central government and the various states, for the ruling party chief to take the child marriage route is not only demeaning to the movement to save the girl child beside, the marriage is illegal according to the provisions of the Prohibition of Child Marriage act.
The Logical Indian appeals to the central government and state government to annul the marriage and take actions according to the law. That will renew the citizens faith in the government’s effort to eradicate child marriage.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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