Berhampur, Jan 20: A total of 1,032 villages and 140 wards in urban areas in Gamjam district have been declared as child-marriage free and many more are in line.
Villages were declared child marriage free by the district administration on January 19. Not a single child marriage was performed in the villages and wards.
Similarly, 50 per cent villages in Deogarh district have been declared child marriage free taking it a step closer to achieving the state government’s target of making Odisha child marriage free by 2030.
A total of 370 villages were accorded this status by the district administration based on the recommendations of the gram panchayat-level task force on January 13, 2021.