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Khap forces minor to marry 35-yr-old, father moves court

india Updated: Feb 15, 2016 13:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Khap,Panchayat,Gunga Village
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A man has moved court against khap panchayat for forcing him to marry his minor daughter to a middle-aged man and then threatening him with Rs 25 lakh fine if he didn’t send the girl to him, the police said on Sunday.

The incident of an alleged forced child marriage and harassment by khap was reported from Gunga village, about 60 kilometres from Barmer. Sheo station house officer Dhannapuri Goswami said that the police had received the court order , directing them to register a case against 17 members of the khap panchayat, on Saturday.

Girl’s father Genaram Prajapat alleged that he had filed the case in a local court on February 6 against the khap panchayat members after they threatened to slap Rs 25 lakh fine on him besides social boycott on February 1.

He said the same khap had forced him to marry his 12-year- old daughter to 35- year- old Leelaram (the police have yet to confirm the name) of Sonadi village about a year ago.

The girl, who returned to meet her parents recently, refused to go back to Leelaram, alleging harassment, the father alleged in his complaint.

The police have filed the case against 17 khap panchayat members under sections of 147, 149, 406, 384, 500 and 504 of the IPC. “We have begun investigation. We will take action accordingly,” Goswami said. turbid waters near some shores could provide a refuge for corals. The duo identified a dozen sites which could be used for the purpose including western coasts of Australia, northern Philippines, the southern Red Sea and the Persian Gulf among others.

First Published: Feb 15, 2016 10:59 IST