Child Marriage Prohibition Officers are appointed by the State governments to curb issues of child marriages in each State. These officers are responsible for reporting and preventing child marriages.
The duties of the Child Marriage Prohibition Officer are decided and assigned by the State Government. They broadly include:
- Prevention of Child Marriage by preventing the performance of child marriage by taking such action as he deems fit.
- Collection of Evidence for prosecuting persons charged under this law.
- Advising and counselling people of a locality against indulging in any child marriages in any way.
- Spreading Awareness of the problems that arise out of child marriages, such as maternal mortality, malnutrition, domestic violence, etc.
- Sensitising the community on the issue of child marriage.
- Reporting periodical returns and statistics to the State Government on the frequency and occurrence of child marriage.
To read more about the functioning of these officers, please refer to this Government Handbook that explains their duties in detail. (page 19-22)0