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Minor girl married without her knowledge

In blatant violation of the laws of marriage, a court in Kashmir has registered marriage of a 16-year-old girl.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2010 10:51 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times

In blatant violation of the laws of marriage, a court in Kashmir has registered marriage of a 16-year-old girl.

The girl Naila (name changed to protect identity) has contested the registration and filed a case in the court ---against the sub-registrar in Tangmarg area about 30 kilometers from Srinagar, where the marriage was registered.

The girl claims she never married and never went for registration of the marriage in the court. "I along with my parents was in Bangalore. How can a court register my marriage and that too without verifying the age,’’ Naila told Hindustan Times. Naila is a student awaiting her class 12 results.

Naila, born in July 1992 as class ten certificates and was 16 years and ten months when the marriage was registered. The court in Tangmarg had registered her marriage on April 5, 2009.

The family was in shock when an acquaintance, Sameer Ullah Ganai sent them the marriage papers. "The boy claimed he was married to my daughter. We were shocked and immediately contacted our daughter who had gone for coaching outside the valley,” said her father Illias (name changed). The girl, however, has denied the whole thing and insisted a case be registered against the boy.

The family went to the court in Tangmarg and discovered that the marriage indeed had been registered on the basis of a Nikah Namah and an affidavit.

"The affidavit has my name but the signatures are not mine. I am ready to face a handwriting expert or even go through any forensic tests,’’ said Naila. "I am wondering how was the marriage register when I was not even around,’’ she added.

Being a minor, Naila’s brother has contested the case on her behalf. The case was listed for hearing on Monday but it was deferred.

The girl and her family claimed the boy used to harass her and may have fudged the documents.

"He used to work with my father and come to our home. But later we found out that he has been defrauding me and making money in my absence. So I just threw him out of the job,’’ her father Illias said.

The family alleged that since then Ganai started harassing the girl. "He would tease me but I never paid any attention to him,’’ said Naila, the family had also filed a complaint against him.

"I just want to fight for my honour and ensure no one else faces a similar situation,” she added.

First Published: Mar 23, 2010 10:48 IST