In Indore, 14-year-old girl got ‘forced’ marriage done, case registered against six including cleric

A year after the alleged forced child marriage of a 19-year-old boy to a 14-year-old girl in Indore, an FIR has been registered against six people, including the groom and the cleric. Dinesh Verma, in-charge of Khajrana police station gave this information on Thursday.

Verma told that the child marriage took place on July 4, 2021 and then the age of the bride was 14 years and that of the groom was 19 years. He said that in the FIR lodged on Wednesday, the youth is also accused of keeping the minor girl hostage in his house after marriage and raping her. Verma said that the accused in the FIR for violation of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 include the cleric who performed the marriage ceremony, the groom’s mother and three witnesses of the marriage.

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Verma told that the police has got the girl child marriage victim medically examined in a hospital. Mahendra Pathak, in-charge of the administration’s anti-child marriage anti-fly squad, said, “We had received a complaint that the groom’s side forced the couple to do child marriage by intimidating the minor girl and her family.” The child welfare committee has recorded the statement of the victim girl. We have lodged an FIR in the police station on the basis of the statement of the girl.

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Pathak also told that a religious institution in Indore district had issued a marriage certificate related to the case and this document is being investigated after the disclosure of child marriage. Significantly, in the country, the marriage of a boy below the age of 21 years and a girl below the age of 18 years comes under the category of child marriage, which is a legal offense. Under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, the guilty shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees, or with both.

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