Hyderabad: Even as activists and non-governmental organisations have been campaigning against child marriages in the State, a case of a 15-year-old girl being married off to a man 20 years her senior has been reported from Hayathnagar on the city outskirts.
According to activists who have taken up the case, the girl was married to a 35-year-old man, a close relative of her. The girl’s trauma only worsened when she reportedly discovered that he was having an illicit affair with his own brother’s wife.
The girl is said to have been beaten up by her husband and in-laws when she confronted him about the affair. The girl has told activists that she wanted a divorce and continue her studies.
According to Balala Hakkula Sangham, a child rights NGO, the husband has filed for Restitution of Conjugal Rights and accused her of refusing to do “housewife duties”.
Sangham chief functionary Achyuta Rao, pointing out that asking a minor for Restitution of Conjugal Rights was a crime, said the NGO would pursue the case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
“Such situations arise because of lack of effective implementation of the Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act to prevent child marriages in the State,” Rao said.