In an inspiring move to protest against child marriages, 47,000 tent dealers in Rajasthan have decided that they will not supply tents for such marriage ceremonies where children are getting married.
Working under the banner of Rajasthan Tent Dealers Kiraya Vyavsai Samiti, the dealers check the birth certificates of the bride and groom whenever they are asked to set up tents for any wedding.
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“When anyone will come to book us to supply the tent and do other decorations, we will ask for the birth certificate of the boy and girl to ensure it is not child marriage. In case a person or group of persons gives us wrong information, we will immediately inform the nearby police and other government officials for the required intervention,” Ravi Jindal, president of Rajasthan Tent Dealers Kiraaya Vyavsai Samiti, told The Times of India.
In districts like Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Banswara, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Churu, etc., child marriages are common before the Akha Teej festival during the last week of April and first week of May, which is considered to be a favourable time for weddings.
In a meeting last Friday, the dealers requested 47,000 fellows workers across the state who are involved in this business, to not supply tents and other materials in case of a child marriage.