Child marriage row: Jharkhand court asks BJP chief Marandi’s son, 4 others to be present for hearing on Aug 22

The order was passed Wednesday by the First Class Judicial Magistrate, Ananda Singh.

By: Express News Service | Ranchi | Published:July 21, 2016 8:13 pm

A local court in Godda district has asked Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi, his son Munna Marandi and four others to be present before it on August 22, in connection with the allegations that he got his son married to a minor girl on June 27.

The order was passed Wednesday by the First Class Judicial Magistrate, Ananda Singh. The court issued summons after taking cognisance of the report filed by the Block Development Officer (Boarijore) following an inquiry, as directed by the district administration. BDO (Boarijiore) Vijay Prakash refused to comment on his report saying the matter was now before the court.

Earlier, the district administration had filed a suit under various sections pertaining to the Child Marriage Act in connection with Munna’s marriage with a girl, who was said to be less than 11-years-old. The documents from the school, where the girl studied in Class 6, said that her date of birth is of July 25, 2005.

The BJP chief’s son is also facing a case of sexual abuse following complaint from the girl. The girl had approached the local court – and also the State Commission for Women – accusing Munna of sexually abusing her in the name of marriage.

Marandi has claimed that the allegations against his son were politically motivated in order to malign his image. He said that the truth would come out.

Munna was married to the allegedly minor girl, after another girl, with whom his marriage was fixed backed out of the same. The girl, to whom Munna finally got married, was a relative of the girl who had backed out.

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