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Successful Intervention by BSF Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) in Preventing Child Marriage at the Indo-Bangladesh border

ByNE India Broadcast

May 21, 2024 #BSF

On May 21,  2024, With the vigilant efforts of the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Border Security Force in collaboration with the local police and Mary Ward Social Centre, Kolkata Successfully intervened in the forced marriage and saved the minor girl in the border village Panitar on the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal.

In the village of Panitar, located within the jurisdiction of Border Outpost-Ghojadanga, 102 Battalion BSF under South Bengal Frontier, a distressing situation loomed as reports surfaced of an impending marriage involving a minor girl, Chhabina Khatun (name changed) on 20th May.

Swift action was initiated upon receiving this crucial information. The AHTU team, in coordination with Basirhat Police Station and the esteemed NGO, Marry Ward Social Centre, Kolkata, promptly intervened to address the situation.

Upon reaching the Marrige site at Vill-Braminpara (Panitar), near the Post Office, PS-Basirhat, the collaborative efforts of the AHTU and the local police were instrumental. Through diligent inquiry and engagement with the villagers, with the invaluable assistance of a Basirhat Police representative, the truth of the matter was uncovered.

The AHTU, along with the police, successfully thwarted the attempt to marry off the minor girl. The family members involved were sensitively approached and informed about the grave repercussions of such actions. Emphasis was placed on the legal stipulation that marriage should not occur until the girl reaches the age of 18. Clear warnings were issued regarding potential legal consequences should they persist in their attempt to marry off the minor.

A.K Arya, DIG & Public Relations Officer of the South Bengal Frontier said that this commendable intervention highlighted the unwavering commitment of the BSF AHTU towards safeguarding the rights and well-being of vulnerable individuals, particularly minors. Their proactive stance against child marriage serves as a beacon of hope in the ongoing battle against exploitation and human trafficking.

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