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Assam: Nine arrested for child marriage

May 22, 2024

Guwahati, May 22

Police have arrested at least nine persons in connection with child marriage in Assam’s Karimganj district, officials said on Wednesday.

According to police, Bilal Uddin, a resident of Kabariband village in the Patharkandi area of Karimganj district, was in a relationship with a minor girl of the same neighbourhood.

Despite the girl not attaining the minimum age for marriage, two families agreed to the solemnisation of the boy and girl on Monday night following religious methods.

However, the police got the information and reached the marriage venue. They took Bilal Uddin, his father Johrul Islam and seven others including the minor girl into custody.

The arrested persons were produced in a local court on Tuesday. The minor girl was handed over to a child welfare association and the rest of the arrested persons were sent to judicial custody.

Earlier in February 2023, Assam Police had launched a massive crackdown against child marriage in the state. More than 3,500 people were arrested from different parts of Assam during the operation.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also asserted during the previous budget session of the assembly that the menace of child marriage will be eradicated from the state in the next two years.

He had said, “I will not let child marriage happen in the state. Till Himanta Biswa Sarma is alive here, child marriages cannot happen in Assam.”

The Chief Minister also said that the state government has prepared an action plan to eliminate child marriage by 2026.

 

 

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