Apr 28, 2012

30-year-old man marries sisters, aged 15 and 18

In a shocking incident of child marriage, a 15-year-old girl was married off to 30-year-old man along with her 18-year-old elder sister at Pathagutta near Yadagirigutta in Nalgonda district in the early hours of Wednesday. The culprit, Giribabu, who is a labourer from Lingareddypalli of Medak's Jagdevpur mandal, was detained by cops. Both the sisters belong to a poor family from Mulugu in Warangal district.

According to Miryalaguda town sub-inspector Shankar Goud, the wedding was performed in a local lodge at Pathagutta, 2 km from the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Yadagirigutta, around 1 am.

"We were informed by locals about the marriage which was attended by nearly 20 members from each side," he told TOI. Goud said he was planning to invoke sections of the Child Marriages Act of 2006 against the accused.
The girls' mother Lakshmi, 60, who is a daily wager, said her eldest daughter Jyothi is mentally unstable. "So, I got my second daughter Maheswari married off to him as I thought he will take care of both of them," she said. Sources said the actual plan of both the families was to get Giribabu and Jyothi married.
But the wedding plan took a quirky turn when Giribabu insisted on marrying Maheswari, who is fair complexioned in comparison to Jyothi. "Then it was decided that he would marry both of them," a police official said.
Meanwhile, the girls and the accused bride are being counselled. While Jyoti is a student of sixth standard, Maheswari is a student of class V.

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