AP village shuns the evil custom
Gangireddula Gudem, a hamlet inhabited by 43 families of a beggar community, has made a brave beginning for the country, this village has stopped its traditional practice of child marriage.The village is inhabited by the nomadic Gangireddula community, a denotified tribe of migrant beggars, and once had the dubious distinction of marrying off babies. Villagers now proudly
say the last mass child marriage conducted here was in 2001, when 28 children had tied the knot on ?Ambayya Jatra?, the community?s main festival.
Roli Srivastava, Mumbai Mirror, Sunday, July 03, 2005