Teen gets minor sister’s husband convicted of child marriage

Police registered an FIR against 12 people and arrested Muzammil and Ashraf.

A 16-year-old-boy challenged the wedding of her 14-year-old sister and managed to get the two accused convicted of child marriage. 

The 55th City Civil and Sessions court judge, Vanamala Yadav, sentenced Syed Muzammil (24) to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for marrying and raping the underage girl. Ashraf Pash, who backed the marriage, was sentenced to 40 days in prison.

The girl’s parents, who are daily wage labourers, had approached a moulvi for solemnising the marriage, saying their daughter was 18. The wedding took place on August 24, 2014. Muzammil knew the girl’s real age but didn’t keep the moulvi in the loop. The “bride” was sent to Muzammil’s house in the evening. The “husband” consummated the marriage the same evening. 

Public prosecutor S N Hiremani argued that the conjugal relationship was nothing but rape as per the law. 

The girl’s brother, enraged that she was married off so earlier, quarrelled with his parents. He got to know that Muzammil had married earlier and that his wife had deserted him. The boy feared Muzammil would leave his sister, too. He told his parents they had spoiled her life and vowed to send them to jail.

He subsequently complained to the Mico Layout police about the child marriage. Subsequently, police opened a case under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), 2006, and the Pocso Act.

Police registered an FIR against 12 people and arrested Muzammil and Ashraf. They filed the charge sheet after subjecting the girl to a medical examination. The remaining 10 people continue to be absconding. The court ordered the police to register a separate case against the 10 people and file the charge sheet once they are arrested. Curiously, soon after the two accused were arrested, the boy and his sister went missing, too. They did not even testify in court. Police are yet to track them down.

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