Police team foil marriages of two minor girls in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts
Officers of Siliguri metropolitan police and Alipurduar police foiled marriages of two minor girls in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts on Thursday.
Sources said the officers at Ambari police outpost under New Jalpaiguri police station came to know that two minors — 17-year-old girl and 14-years-old boy — were to get married at Shivganga Ashram Para area in Sahudangi on the outskirts of Siliguri.
“A team comprising Sajjal Roy, the in-charge of the outpost, Rajganj BDO, the pradhan of local panchayat and others rushed to the wedding venue. They counselled their parents that the marriage of minors is illegal who admitted their fault, rescinded their decision and gave written assurance that they will not violate the law in future,” said a police officer.
In Jaigaon of Alipurduar district, the cops rescued a 15-year-old girl who had fled home to marry a youth whom she got introduced through social media six months back. She hails from Mathabhanga of Cooch Behar district.
“The girl has been sent to a home in Cooch Behar and the youth was arrested for trying to marry a minor,” said Abhishek Bhattacharya, the in-charge of Jaigaon police station.