Forced to Marry UAE Citizen Says a Girl in Kerala

Published on: 27 Aug, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

27 August 2013

A 17-year-old girl has complained to the state human rights commission and the child welfare committee in Malappuram that she was forced to marry a UAE citizen, who abandoned her two weeks after the affair.

The class XII student, in her complaint said the orphanage where she lived, arranged the marriage on the pretext that the relationship would benefit the institution.

The UAE national, Jasim Mohammad, had given his mother’s local Kerala address at the time of marriage and the orphanage arranged the marriage after showing the girl his photograph.

The girl said she was sexually abused after being taken to several places in Kerala. Mohammad left Kerala on June 30 after leaving the girl at his mother’s house in Kozhikode.

Authorities at the orphanage said the marriage was agreed to by both parties. They ruled out the girl’s allegation that the marriage was meant to bring financial benefits to the orphanage. The SHRC has asked the police to submit a report on the incident.

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