11-year-old Greater Noida girl rescued from her ‘husband’s’ home by police
The girl, who was married to a man from Aloni village of Bulandshahr on May 11, was brought back to Rabupura in Greater Noida on Tuesday. A police team from Surajpur had rescued her from her ‘husband’s’ residence in Bulandshahr.noida Updated: Aug 01, 2018 14:09 IST
A day after police arrested three persons from Rabupura in Greater Noida, including the father of the 11-year-old girl who was forcibly married off to a 30-year-old man from Bulandshahr, the police rescued her and handed her over to her mother on Tuesday.
The girl, who was married to a man from Aloni village of Bulandshahr on May 11, was brought back to Rabupura on Tuesday. A police team from Surajpur had rescued her from her ‘husband’s’ residence in Bulandshahr.
“The girl has been handed over to her mother who is taking care of her now. We have also recorded the statement of the girl to ascertain if she faced physical or mental torture at her ‘in-law’s place’ in the past two months,” Manoj Kumar Pant, station house officer, Surajpur police station, said.
The victim was married at Site B industrial area of Surajpur on the night of May 11. The man paid Rs 68,000 to the girl’s father through a marriage broker. All three persons were arrested by the police after a case was registered on July 29 on the basis of a complaint from the victim’s mother. While the girl’s father works as a mini-truck driver, her mother runs a roadside eatery in Rabupura.
According to police, the mother was under the impression that after the marriage, her daughter will stay with her for five years. However, the girl was sent to her in-law’s place in Bulandshahr a day after the marriage.
“There were reports that the woman received information that her daughter is being ill-treated at her in-law’s place. It was then that the mother decided to lodge a complaint,” a senior police officer said.
Questioned about the delay in lodging a complaint, child rights activists said the police was aware of the child marriage incident 15 days ago.
“We received the information on July 15 that a woman wants to lodge a complaint against her husband for marrying off their minor daughter. At first, there was a dispute as to which police station would register the complaint as the victim’s parents were from Rabupura, the marriage took place in Surajpur and the victim was sent to Bulandshahr,” Satya Prakash, programme manager, FXB India Suraksha, a child rights organisation, said.
Police have now charged the husband with rape under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
“Relevant sections of POCSO have been applied and the victim’s statement has been taken,” Aashish Shrivastava, superintendent of police (rural), said.
Child rights activists say that administration and police should be more vigilant in thwarting instances of child marriages.
“We already know that Gautam Budh Nagar is a gender-sensitive area and we have seen many such cases. The marriage took place on May 11 and, yet, no one from the village spoke out against it,” Prakash said.
First Published: Aug 01, 2018 14:09 IST