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Lawyer rescues married minor

A Dhanbad civil court advocate rescued a victim of child marriage from a gang of eve-teasers at the coal town’s railway station on Tuesday.

Police later sent the 15-year-old to Dhanbad Child Helpline custody and summoned her parents.

The teenager was waiting at the station to board a train around 10am when the youths started teasing her. Lawyer Vikas Bhuwaniya, who had gone to see off relatives, spotted her crying as the gang continued making passes.

Bhuwaniya walked up to her and asked if she needed help. “Initially, she was hesitant. When I told her I am a lawyer and can help her, she opened up,” he said.

A resident of Putki in Dhanbad, the girl was married off to a 40-year-old driver, Santosh Singh of Mahuda, on May 13. After the wedding, she stayed with her labourer parents for a few days and left for her husband’s house in the last week of last month.

Singh, a habitual drinker, abused her from the first day. Fed up with ill treatment, she ran away on Monday. However, instead of returning to her parents’ home, 15km from Mahuda, she travelled over 20km to reach the station where she spent the night on a platform.

Having heard her story, Bhuwaniya took her to SP Hemant Toppo’s office. Later, she recorded her statement in front of DSP Amit Kumar and requested him not to send her back to her parents who might force her to stay with her husband again.

Mahila thana in-charge A. Lakra said they were likely to file a case under the child marriage act against her parents and husband.