New Delhi, March 29: While the country still continues to fight child marriages, here comes a shocking news from the country's capital.
A 15-year-old minor girl was forced to marry a 35-year-old father of two kids. The girl's father forced her to marry the man who is elder to her by 20 years in exchange of Rs 60,000 and an e-rickshaw at north-west Delhi's Bhalswa Dairy.
When the incident came to light, Delhi Police arrested the girl's father and four of their relatives and booked them under Prohibition of Child Marriage Act.
After the incident, the 15-year old filed a complaint against her father for taking money from the groom's family and also alleged her then would-be husband had thrashed her when she denied to marry him.
According to a media report, the girl's father who works as an e-rickshaw driver had taken money and another e-rickshaw before agreeing to the marriage.
Police had received information about the child marriage in Feburary in that area which was against the wish of the girl. DCP, Vijay Singh (North Delhi) said " We have traced the minor accused but the father and her husband were missing after she filed a complaint. The victim filed a case against her father and husband for forcing her to get married."
On Saturday, March 26, police arrested her father and the husband after getting a clue about their presence in that area.
Moreover, the victim also complained that after her marriage she left her husband's place and returned to her father place. Following this, her father took Rs 20,000 for sending her back to her husband's place.
This time the minor reached her elder sister's house and filed a complaint about the marriage. During interrogation the police said "that the wedding took place at her father place and her father confessed that he took money for marriage."
Police had also asked the minor's elder sister about the marriage but she denied and said that she was not aware about it.