Maintenance and Residence for the Female Child
Further we should not forget that the guardians or the parents (under whose control the child was) play a major role in this episode of child marriage.
To continue with the example, had anybody complained of marriage of Pancham and Rina to the authorities and the authority had promptly conducted the enquiries and issued an appropriate injunction, the marriage would have to be stopped. If the people conducting the marriage were so reckless, as to go against the orders and perform the marriage, it could have been void ab intio i.e. cancelled from the very beginning.
(It should be remembered that this is different from the other case under Section 3 wherein the marriage is voidable i..e. valid till declared null by the Court. In that scenario, Rina would have to go to the court wherein the marriage is valid till it is declared null by the Court.)
- There is no provision for punishing the officials in whose areas these marriages are solemnised.