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Three taken into custody over controversial marriage in Kozhikode

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Kozhikode: Amid outcry over a controversial marriage in which a minor Muslim girl was married to a UAE national here, the police have taken three people into custody.

A police team led by CI Ashraf of Chemmangad police station here detained the mother of the 28-year-old youth, who married the girl, along with the girl’s step father and cousin brother on Wednesday in connection with the case.

The police team is likely to question the 17-year old girl today.

The police had on Tuesday booked Jasim Mohammed Abdul Kareem who hails from Ras al-Khaimah in UAE, his mother and the authorities of the Kozhikode-based orphanage under Prohibition of Child Marriage Act-2006, the Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

The plight of the minor girl came to light after she approached the Child Welfare Committee complaining that the orphanage authorities where she was staying forced her to marry the man on June 13.

Kareem, who sexually abused the girl at various places in Kerala, returned to his country on July 1.

The girl received a telephone call from her husband on August 6 to hear from him that he has divorced her.

The police registered the case after the State Human Rights Commission directed the state police chief and Social Justice Department to probe the matter and submit the report.

The girl had also sent her complaint to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, state Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran and Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed.

However, the orphanage authorities have rejected the allegation and claimed that the girl had consented to the marriage.

Women activists, political leaders and NGOs in Kerala, who expressed outrage over the girl's plight, demanded a legislation to check the social menace of minor Muslim girls being forced into marriage with Arab nationals.

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