Complaint filed against BJP’s Jharkhand chief and his son for marrying 11-year-old

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A complaint was lodged on Saturday against ruling BJP’s Jharkhand unit chief Tala Marandi and his son Munna after the latter reportedly married a 11-year-old girl.

Following direction of Godda Deputy Commissioner Rahul Sinha, the complaint was also lodged against the girl’s father Bhagan Baski in the case related to Child Marriage Prohibition Act, an official release said.

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Biarizor block development-cum-child marriage prohibition officer lodged the complaint with the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) in Godda following preliminary investigation that Munna married the minor girl on 27 June in Godda, the release said.

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Munna Marandi was also accused of sexually exploiting another girl on alleged promise of marriage.

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The girl, aged around 16, had told The Indian Express: “He (Munna) first saw me during the poll campaign in 2014…Later, he met me a few times. On January 1, 2016, he came to wish me Happy New Year. I was alone in the house. He forced himself on me. When I resisted, he promised marriage…. When my mother and elder sister came, I told them everything. Over a period of time, he began taking me to various places. Believing in his promise of marriage, neither I nor my family opposed.”

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