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6 Held Over Illegal Marriage of Minor Girl to 57-year-old Man in Hyd; Victim Assaulted

Representative Image: A woman holds a placard during a protest after the death of a rape victim, in Mumbai. (REUTERS)

Representative Image: A woman holds a placard during a protest after the death of a rape victim, in Mumbai. (REUTERS)

The girl's aunty, who had to pay some debts, hatched a plan to marry off the girl to the man after taking more than Rs 2 lakh from him recently, police said.

Six people who were involved in the illegal marriage of a minor girl to a 57-year-old man here were on Thursday arrested and the girl rescued, police said. The man, who is absconding after the marriage, was also booked for sexually assaulting the 16-year-old girl, they said.

The girl's aunty, who had to pay some debts, hatched a plan to marry off the girl to the man after taking more than Rs 2 lakh from him recently, police said. The aunty conspired along with her husband, son, two agents and a qazi (who are among the six arrested) and got the girl married by submitting false documents to the qazi, who "illegally" performed the marriage, a release from Hyderabad police said.

A cousin of the girl complained following which the six were arrested. Efforts were on to nab other accused who are absconding, police said. After the marriage, the man had allegedly raped the girl at a lodge here, they added.

first published:December 31, 2020, 14:57 IST