A State Consultation was held on 19 September 2019 at Indian Law Institute on “Strengthening Legal and Institutional Mechanism to End Child Marriages in Delhi”. The Consultation was organized jointly by Campaign Against Child Marriage (CACM), Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), Indian Law Institute (ILI) and Independent Thought.
The following Guests and speakers shared their views;
· Shri Ramesh Negi, Chairperson, DCPCR
· Dr. Manoj Kumar Sinha, Director, Indian Law Institute
· Sh. Chander Jit Singh, Secretary, DSLSA
· Dr. Nisha Aggarwal, Deputy Director, Women and Child Development
· Ms. Rita Singh, Member, DCPCR
· Dr. Jyoti Dogra Sood, Associate Professor, Indian Law
· Advocate Vikram Srivastava, Founder, Independent Thought
The Workshop was attended by Chairpersons and members from 10 Child Welfare Committee(s), Special Juvenile Police Units (SJPU), Childline, CCIs, NGOs, Lawyers and Others
The Workshops discussed the situation of child marriages which in Delhi is unique and confusing. Despite news articles and videos reporting instances of child marriages in the region, the NCRB data of Delhi (UT) shows a different picture. While NCRB only report 6 cases under PCMA in Delhi between the years 2008 to 2016; cases of child marriages are frequently being heard before the Delhi Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) at the State level and before the 10 Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) at the District level in the National Capital. These are clear evidence of child marriages existing in NCT Delhi.
The Consultation led to identification of many needs and way forward including the development of a standard operating procedure and stakeholders role clarity.