Neelam Mansingh, a prominent Punjab-based actress, said: 'This is a very strange advisory and is no solution to save any marriage.Every relationship is built on trust and this advisory is itself planting suspicion in the minds of young men and women.' Ms Mansingh, who teaches at the theatre department of Punjab university, told IANS: 'This advisory suggests that every woman is adulterous and every man is suspicious, which is really weird.'This is very regressive and bizarre; the commission should try to evolve some other mechanism to save marriages' PSCW head Gurdev Kaur Sangha said the advice was designed to avoid suspicion between new couples as they adjust to married life.The warning comes after a rise in complaints of domestic violence, sexual harassment and family discord due to rows about young brides constantly on the phone."Human rights of a girl child are very much alive and kicking whether she is married or not and deserve recognition and acceptance," said Justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta.Marriages of girls are prevalent in India, especially among the rural poor.
Lalitha Kumaramangalam , former chairperson of the National Commission for Women, said the ruling "will act as a deterrent to parents."Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director for Human Rights Watch, said the court decision would help ending the practice of early marriages.They must also contend with addiction, broken bones, concussions, burns, vaginal and anal tears, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sterility, miscarriages, forced abortions and even contagious diseases like tuberculosis, hepatitis, malaria and pneumonia.Psychological damage includes mind-body separation, disassociated ego states, shame, grief, fear, distrust, hatred of men, self-hatred, suicide and suicidal thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder, acute anxiety, depression, insomnia, physical hyperalertness and self-loathing.'I found that almost 40 per cent of women consider seeking a divorce on the grounds that her husband and in-laws do not like her talking on mobile phones,' Ms Sangha told AFP.'Most husbands said their wives are always on the phone and they doubted their character as they suspected them of talking to ex-boyfriends.'The advisory said most brides were ringing their parents, not former lovers.But, it warned, passing on hourly news about their lives in the new homes was 'damaging'.Many cases of honour killings have also rocked the state in the past few years.FILE - In this May 7, 2011 file photo, 7-year-old child bride sits in the back of a truck as she waits for the rest of her family members after being wed, at Biaora, about 135 kilometers from Bhopal, India. FILE - In this May 7, 2011 file photo, 7-year-old child bride sits in the back of a truck as she waits for the rest of her family members after being wed, at Biaora, about 135 kilometers from Bhopal, India. Associated Press - NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court has ruled that having sexual intercourse with a wife younger than 18 is rape, a decision that activists say is an important step toward ending child marriages.Indian law says a woman must be at least 18 to marry and consent to sex, but there are exceptions and a man was permitted to have sex, even forcibly, with a girl as young as 15, as long as she was his wife.The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that sexual intercourse with a girl younger than 18 is rape.She also called for a free access to secondary education for girls."Also parents often say they don't like to send their daughters to school, and get them married, to protect them from sexual abuse.