Corentyne underage marriage Following reports that teenage girls on the Corentyne, Berbice were allowed into marriage and one was living with an adult male as if married, one of the two girls has been confirmed pregnant.Doctors have confirmed that one of the two 13-year-old girls is pregnant.On Wednesday, Guyana Times had reported that a 13-year-old girl was allegedly wed to an older man over the weekend. This led to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) promising a probe.Police on the Corentyne are currently investigating two other cases.The parents of one of the girls, this newspaper was told, have been assisting the Police with their investigations which led to the arrest of one man.Over the weekend a man admitted to this newspaper that he has been living with a 13-year-old girl.Meanwhile, residents on the Corentyne had gone to the Office of the Prime Minister after they had reported the matter to the relevant agencies and had not been getting a response.Regional Representative to the Prime Minister, Gobin Harbhajan, explained that he too had tried to get the relevant agencies involved.“The residents of the community kept calling and complaining they had some priests and pastors also called about an underage girls who would have run away a few weeks ago and then the parents were making arrangements to marry the girls. I passed on that information to the Number 51 Police Station Sergeant and also at the Police Outpost at Number 62 Village, but the complaints continued to come in.”The age of consent in Guyana is 16. The age of consent was raised from 13 to 16 on October 31, 2005. Harbhajan added that he is surprised at the way one Police Officer acted when the information was given to him.Meanwhile, Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken have since assured that the matters will be investigated while the CC&PA is also investigating both matters.On Tuesday, Director of the CC&PA, Ann Greene, during an interview with Guyana Times stated that the CC&PA currently does not have enough information to conduct the investigation.“We (are) looking at it but we got to get more information to send the people out. We don’t have exactly where this place is or who these people are. I have it down on the list… I need more information on where we can find this child,” she explained.Greene noted that this is the first report coming out of the Corentyne, Berbice area after quite some time. According to her, such cases were more prevalent in years gone by but had decreased significantly due to sensitisation conducted by her agency.
New Delhi, Nov 19 (PTI) It is high time the Indian government realises the potential of hosting marquee motorsport events like Formula One, JK Tyre Managing Director Raghupati Singhania has said. Singhania’s comments come in the wake of five-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton’s controversial statement in which he questioned the need to host a Formula One race in a “poor” country like India. It cost Rs 2000 crore to build Buddh International Circuit (BIC) which has now become a ‘white elephant’ after Formula One left Indian shores in 2013. “It (BIC) is a huge investment for a country like ours. It is unfortunate (that not many racing events happen at BIC),” Singhania told PTI on the sidelines of the JK Tyre National Racing Championships held at BIC over the weekend. “We were involved with F1 as a support partner when the race came to India. My good friend Bernie Ecclestone (former F1 boss) once told me ‘it is your government which puts all kinds of hurdle’.” If it was not for the complex tax policy, Formula One would have survived in India, he said. “F1 is like a circus, they come and go and our government imposed import duty on their goods. That is the only reason they pulled out. Otherwise, India would still be on the F1 map. “As a country, we need to realise that this is a global sporting event and an opportunity to boost the profile of our nation.” When asked about Hamilton’s opinion that India was better off building schools than a Formula One track, Singhania added: “If I was an alien I would also perhaps react similarly. He doesn’t know the realities of India.advertisement “We should move on from what happened in the past and look at the future.” The Indian Grand Prix was staged from 2011 to 2013 with Sebastian Vettel winning all three races for Red Bull. The inaugural edition saw close to 90,000 people attending the Grand Prix before the number fell to 65,000 the following year. The high-profile race was eventually dropped after three editions due to taxation issues and financial troubles of promoter Jaypee Group. PTI BS AH