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Assam: Bongaigaon police arrest 87 accused involved in child marriage

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- February 04th 2023 09:31 AM
Assam: Bongaigaon police arrest 87 accused involved in child marriage

Assam: Bongaigaon police arrest 87 accused involved in child marriage

Assam, February 4: In a major crackdown against child marriages, Bongaigaon Police arrested 87 accused in 140 registered cases under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act and POCSO act.    

Ordered has also been issued to produce all arrested persons before the court. 


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Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Bongaigaon stated that, "As per the direction and guidance of the government and the higher echelon of Assam Police, Bongaigaon district has registered 140 cases. During the drive, 87 accused persons were arrested, including grooms, family members and middlemen." 

The cases were registered under the provisions of The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 and The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

Meanwhile, the Karimganj district police also arrested 79 persons allegedly involved in child marriage.


According to the police, a total of 92 cases related to child marriage have been registered at different police stations in the district.

According to the Assam police data, 137 persons have been arrested in Biswanath, 126 in Dhubri, 120 in Baksa, 114 in Barpeta, 97 in Nagaon, 96 in Hojai, 94 in Kokrajhar, 87 in Bongaigaon, 79 in Karimganj, 76 in Hailakandi, 72 in Cachar, 72 in Goalpara district.

"The maximum number of people have been arrested from Dhubri, Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Vishwanath districts," added DGP Singh.

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He further informed that Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had directed the police to carry out a probe as he had received inputs that child marriage was rampant in the state.

                       

- ANI

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