Parents of a girl in Kerala has allegedly married off their minor daughter to a money lender when they could not repay Rs 5 lakh they had obtained from him, said police.
Quoting a complaint from a relative of the girl, police in Idukki said Shelvakumar, 35, a native of Theni in Tamil Nadu, had given Rs 5 lakh to her parents at Mavadi village in the district.
The money at exorbitant interest was collected from Shelvakumar to finance the business of the girl’s uncle.
As the couple, originally hailing from Tamil Nadu but settled in Idukki, defaulted the repayment of the interest, Shelvakumar went to their house.
When the parents expressed their helplessness to clear the arrears, Shelvakumar spotted the girl. She, a ninth standard student at a local school, was on vacation. The money lender demanded that the girl be given to him if the parents could not give the money.
The complainant, Kannan, said the parents agreed for the proposal against the backdrop of the financial commitment to the lender.
Accordingly, the girl was taken to Shelvakumar’s house in Theni district in Tamil Nadu and the marriage was performed on last Tuesday.
When relatives questioned the marriage, the girl’s father Thiruppathi and Shelvakumar threatened them to finish off. The complaint was filed with the police on Saturday.
Police said they have registered a case against Shelvakumar and the girl’s parents under the Prevention of Child Marriage Act.