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Jharkhand BJP chief’s son marries 11-year-old, sexually abuses another girl

Ranchi, June 30: Jharkhand BJP chief's son Munna Marandi is in trouble for allegedly marrying an 11-year-old girl. According to media reports, the marriage took place on June 27, following which a reception was held on June 29.

Marandi was set to marry the young girl's cousin, but later the family backed out, leading him to marrying the 6th standard student instead.

Earlier on Wednesday, Munna Marandi was also accused of sexually abusing another minor girl, who is 16-year-old.

A report in The Indian Express stated that the minor girl had submitted an application before the State Commission for Women against Marandi for sexually abusing her for two years on pretext of marriage.

District Child Protection officer, Ritesh Kumar, said they are investigating the matter of the marriage. “We are investigating the issue. Marandi's son got married to Mahagama's resident Bhagan Baski's fourth daughter,” says Kumar.

The Congress Party on Thursday cornered the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports that the son of Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi has married a minor girl.

"On one side, the BJP and the Prime Minister chant the slogan of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' and on the other side, the son of their party president in Jharkhand is married to a girl who is minor," Congress leader Shobha Oza told ANI.

"There is another instance where an underage girl has accused that the son of the BJP's Jharkhand president sexually exploited her for two years. All these instances show that how girls and women are treated in the houses of the BJP ministers. Investigation should take place in this incident. I would like to request the National Women Commission (NCW) to take cognizance of this matter. Guilty should be punished in this case," she added.

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