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Assam child marriage crackdown: Silchar man sentenced to 25 years in jail for marrying 13-year-old girl

The case was filed against the man, a resident of the Ramnathpur police station area, on January 18 last year by the family of the girl when she did not return home after attending a religious event in a nearby village.

Ajeet Kumar Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Silchar Published on: May 22, 2023 23:09 IST
Radha Rani Mondal, 50, wails after her son was arrested by
Image Source : AP/FILE Radha Rani Mondal, 50, wails after her son was arrested by police in the Morigaon district in a child marriage case.

In a major crackdown on child marriage in Assam, a 30-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in jail by a special court in Hailakandi district. The man allegedly kidnapped and then forcibly married a 13-year-old girl.

Special judge Sanjay Hazarika sentenced the man to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment after convicting him under the POCSO Act, and an additional five years under IPC Section 366 for kidnapping her and forcibly marrying her.

He was also directed by the judge to pay Rs 10,000 each in both cases, and if he fails to do so, he will get an additional year in jail.

The case was heard by a fast-track court, which completed the hearing and gave the verdict in one year and four months, on Saturday.

The accused kidnapped the girl from a religious event

The case was filed against the man, a resident of Ramnathpur police station area, on January 18 last year by the family of the girl when she did not return home after attending a religious event in a nearby village.

The family members found her in the house of the man who claimed that they were married.

The police registered the case under Section 366 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for abducting and forcibly marrying her, Section 9 of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against him.

The girl was rescued and he was arrested. He was granted bail after five months of arrest.

(With inputs from agency)

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