T’PURAM: Tension prevailed in Sulaiman Street at Valiyathura here on Wednesday following the refusal of a 16-year-old girl to marry a 52-year-old Maldivian national.
The Maldivian had promised a huge amount to the girl’s family. The marriage was scheduled for Thursday. But, the girl had not seen the bridegroom till Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the girl was introduced to the bridegroom at the house of a middle-man who had acted as broker for the marriage.
The girl, from Vallakkadavu, then refused to marry Ahamed, the Maldivian national who was of the same age as that of her father.
The girl, who managed to run away from the broker’s house, sought refuge at the office of the Civil Aviation General Workers’ Cooperative Society.
Later, the girl was taken to her father’s house following intervention by the Jama’ath office-bearers. Police, however, did not register a case or question the broker or the bridegroom.
Such cases of marrying off minor girls to senior men from Maldives are rampant in the coastal areas of the city.
There are complaints that a racket which arranges such marriages after offering huge amount or jobs to relatives in Maldives has been operating in the area.
Source: News in Press