Child mar­riage case at Digha, three ar­rested

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­ Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

A nine-year-old girl was mar­ried to a 25-year-old youth in Digha last week.

Ra­bale MIDC po­lice have ar­rested the mother Sheela Chauhan, 45, the groom Su­nil Chauhan and the priest who con­ducted the mar­riage cer­e­mony Nars­ingh Pandey, 55.

The po­lice say poverty forced the mother of three to take the ex­treme step of mar­ry­ing off her el­dest mi­nor daugh­ter.

The il­le­gal mar­riage took place on July 8.

All the ac­cused are residents of Thakur chawl in Ya­dav Na­gar area. The mar­riage took place at Mum­bradevi hills at At­maram tem­ple.

A Vikhroli-based so­cial worker Manoj Misra, who learnt about the mar­riage im­me­di­ately in­formed the po­lice. How­ever, by the time, the po­lice per­son­nel reached the spot, the mar­riage had been con­ducted.

The po­lice went over to their house and ar­rested the three. They con­fessed to the child mar­riage.

The po­lice have also seized a mo­bile phone in which the fam­ily had recorded the mar­riage cer­e­mony.

Ac­cord­ing to as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Dilip Mane, “Sheela Chauhan’s hus­band Ra­jen­dra was an al­co­holic had aban­doned his fam­ily last year. She worked as a do­mes­tic help and she said she found it dif­fi­cult to raise her three daugh­ters sin­gle-hand­edly.”

He added, “She also feared that her daugh­ter could fall in wrong com­pany and hence de­cided to get her mar­ried to re­duce her bur­den.”

The po­lice have handed over Sheela’s three daugh­ters to her rel­a­tives as she is in po­lice cus­tody.

A 28-year-old man who owns a trans­port busi­ness as­saulted a po­lice con­sta­ble over park­ing on Bhi­wandi court premises on Tues­day.

Aadesh Patil, a res­i­dent of Kharb­hav area of Bhi­wandi, drove to the court in his SUV.

The con­sta­ble, Bhag­wan Kot­wal, 28, posted at the court asked him not to park his four­wheeler on the court premises.

Patil came out of his car, caught his col­lar and abused Kot­wal. S Rathod, po­lice subin­spec­tor from Shanti­na­gar po­lice sta­tion, said, “Patil had come to court for no­tary work. When Kot­wal asked not to park the car in­side, Patil got an­gry and as­saulted Kot­wal.”

The ac­cused has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till July15.

Patil was booked un­der sec­tion 353(as­sault or crim­i­nal force to de­ter pub­lic ser­vant from dis­charge of his duty), 332 (vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt to de­ter pub­lic ser­vant from his duty), 504 (in­ten­tional in­sult with in­tent to pro­voke breach of the peace), 506 (pun­ish­ment for crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion), and other rel­e­vant sec­tions.

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