The video of theÂ ceremony which has infuriated child rights groups was recorded in Chittorgarh, aÂ city in Rajasthan, northern India. It shows a mass childÂ marriage ceremonyÂ with young girls crying as they are forced toÂ wed. One theÂ brides is a five year old. She can be seen cryingÂ loudly as she isÂ being pulledÂ by a man to completeÂ her Hindu wedding ritual to an older boy.Â AnotherÂ young bride who is about 10 years old can be seen crying uncontrollably and pleading for help as she is forced to walk aroundÂ a fire.
A faith leader overseeing the proceedings in Rajasthan is caught scolding the children for crying on camera. About twelve youngsters areÂ believed to have been married during the illegal two-day ceremony.
Kriti Bharti, a leading child rights activist Â who has stopped almost 1000Â forced child marriages from taking place in Rajasthan â€“ has called for the adults involved to be prosecuted. She said:
â€œMy heart goes out to these little children trapped in this tragedy.
â€œThe police should have acted immediately as the video clearly shows a priest was involved. Action should not only be taken against the families but each adult involved in the ceremony including the decorators, caterers, attendees, and relatives.â€
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Source :- ExpressUk