Kerala: minor forced to marry Saudi national, abandoned after honeymoon

In yet another case of forcing a minor Muslim girl into wedlock with Arab nationals in Kerala, a 17-year-old girl has approached the Child Welfare Committee alleging that the orphanage authorities, where she had been staying, forced her to marry a man from Saudi Arabia. In her complaint to the committee on Friday, the girl had alleged that the orphanage authorities “pressurised” her to marry the man, who deserted her after honeymooning for 17 days and returned to his country. The Child Welfare Committee chairman in Malappuram, Sherrief Ullath, said according to the girl the marriage took place on June 13.

 The orphanage authorities forced her to marry the Saudi national against her wishes. The Child Welfare Committee authorities said they have forwarded the girl’s complaint to the police, who has registered cases under Prohibition of Child Marriage Act-2006, the Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Read More: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Kerala/Minor-says-forced-to-marry-Saudi-national-abandoned-after-honeymoon/Article1-1113153.aspx

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