An alleged 15-year-old girl was forcibly married off to a 50-year-old man at Ameerpet area here today, the third such incident being reported from Andhra Pradesh in the last four days, police said.
The elder sister of the married girl, Kalyani lodged a complaint with Punjagutta police seeking to stop the wedding alleging that the girl was minor, but by the time police went to the area the marriage was solemnised, they said.
The girl's parents claimed that she was 20-years-old and was marrying for the second time, after having divorced a man whom she had married in 2008.
However, Kalyani alleged that it was a forcible marriage of a minor. Punjagutta Police said they had brought the groom Ishwar and the girl to the police station.
"We are verifying both the versions. The girl is being sent for medical examination to FSL to determine her age and we will act accordingly based on the report," a police officer said, adding they had registered a case under Child Marriage Restraint Act.
It may be recalled that a 58-year-old man was arrested for marrying a 14-year-old girl in Rajahmundry town of Andhra Pradesh on June 17, while in a similar incident RGI police arrested a 57-year-old man in Rajendranagar area in Hyderabad, for allegedly marrying a minor girl yesterday.