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Amid Assam Child Marriage Crackdown, A Suicide And Protests


In the midst of Assam's child marriage crackdown, a suicide and protests

Relatives of men arrested for alleged child marriage outside Mayong police station in Morigaon

Guwahati:

Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the crackdown against child marriage in the state would continue. More than 2,000 people have been arrested in the large-scale crackdown on child marriage in Assam.

A woman is said to have committed suicide out of fear that her father would be arrested when she was married off as a child. Another woman went to the police station and threatened to kill herself unless her husband and father, who were arrested yesterday, were released.

In the Tamrahat district of Dhubri district, hundreds of women surrounded the police station and blocked the highway to protest the arrest of a man for child marriage.

The large-scale police crackdown against child marriage continues today in Assam with 2,258 people arrested in 4,074 cases across the state. Mr Sarma said the crackdown on child marriage would continue and, if necessary, would continue until the Assam parliamentary elections in 2026.

Mr Sarma’s statement came at a time when hundreds of people protested in front of a police station in Assam’s Dhubri district against the arrest of people they consider “innocent”.

The woman who committed suicide was from the South-Salamara Mancachar district of Assam. She is a mother of two children and her husband died of COVID-19.

In the second incident, a 23-year-old woman went to Golakganj police station and threatened to kill herself if her husband and father were not released.

“The crackdown on child marriage will continue until the next parliamentary election. There will be strict action against those involved in child marriage,” Mr. Sarma told reporters.

“Parts are different. Under 14 years, part will not be bailed and part over 14 years will be bail. We have tracked 8,100 people involved in child marriage cases. After arrest, awareness will be made. was created to combat this social threat,” said Mr. Sarma.

“Before the 2026 parliamentary elections, the crackdown against child marriage will continue and in Assam there will be no child marriage. Long-term steps will be taken to control Kazi,” Mr. Sarma said.

The highest arrests were in Biswanath, Dhubri, Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Hojai.

Tensions arose at Tamarhat police station in Dhubri over the detention of a man for child marriage. Hundreds of women blocked police stations and highways.

Police arrested Muktar Hussain from Tamarhat yesterday on the charge of giving a marriage certificate to a minor.

Hundreds of women in his family and others in the village protested saying he was just a tailor and had no ties to any Kazi.

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