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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Police Attacked While Preventing Child Marriages

MALDA, 2 MAY: Police were attacked by the villagers in a bid to prevent a child marriages. One Sub Inspector and two assistant sub inspectors (ASIs) were wounded and all of them were taken to local hospital for treatment. The incident took place at village Maharajpur under Sultangunj gram panchayet of Harishchandrapur Police Station.

It is learnt that two minor daughters of one Jagdish Mandal of this village of Bihar border were about to be married off with two persons today. For Sabita (16) and Laxmi (14) grooms came from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The wedding was to take place today. Police got the information only this morning and a team from Harishchandrapur police station went to Mr Mandal’s house to convince against such marriage. They also informed the inmates about the legal implication of such marriages.

But soon the situation turned hostile when the family’s women members came to attack the policemen. Male members of the neighbourhood too joined them. It is alleged that policemen were mobbed and then roughed up by the villagers by rods and sticks. A sub inspector Mohammed Alauddin got wounded along with his two ASIs. On the face of such stiff resistance police had to return and three of them were taken to local hospital.

Later a huge contingent from Harishchandrapur police Station led by Inspector in Charge (IC) raided the Mandal house. Two girls were rescued and taken to police station and arrested two of the female members of the girls’ house. The grooms, however, managed to flee before police came for the second time.

Superintendent of police Jayanta Pal conceded that policemen were attacked. “Police were assaulted by the inmates of the brides’ house but later we could stop the marriage. We could not arrest the parents of the brides yet but the search is on”, SP said.       

Meanwhile, the source from the villagers claimed that a huge amount of money was handed over to Mr Mandal as a price of the daughters. It is feared that the minor girls might have been sold outside the state.

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