The son of recently elected chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jharkhand unit Tala Marandi has landed in a major trouble after being accused of sexual abuse and child marriage.
Munna Marandi reportedly married a minor girl on June 27, in the Godda region of Jharkhand, and the reception was held on 29 June. According to this news report, a letter by one SDN Academy says the girl was born on July 25, 2005, and is enrolled in the sixth standard.
Meanwhile, another 16-year-old minor girl has come forward and accused Munna of sexually abusing her for two years on the pretext of marriage.
On Wednesday, she appeared before State Commission for Women (SCW) and submitted application against accused. Narrating her agony, she told Indian Express,
Munna first saw me in 2014. Later he met me a few times. On January 1, 2016 when nobody was at home, he forced himself upon me. When I resisted, he promised marriage. When my mother and elder sister came, I told them everything. Over a period of time, he began taking me to various places. Believing in his promise of marriage, neither I nor my family opposed.
The Commission has taken up the complaint and has written to the DGP, said SCW chairperson Dr Mahua Maji. She however said that she is yet to receive an official complaint, regarding the minor girl whom Munna married.
“These people are talking about Beti Bachao Beti Padhao… I don’t how they will do justice now,” said District Congress president Deepika Pandey Singh.
She further claimed that the police have not taken action against Munna or Tala Marandi and also alleged that Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das was to attend Munna’s reception but cancelled at the last minute.
After the shocking news came to the fore, Congress has started demanding the resignation of the BJP President. However, the BJP has denied these charges, and described the incident as a political conspiracy.
Meanwhile, Twitter users have condemned the incident and termed it shameful
Who cares for laws and constitution... Now let's wait for action, if any ... https://t.co/UasYewSk88— Dr. Misa Bharti (@MisaBharti) June 30, 2016
Jharkhand BJP Chief Tala marandi unlock Pandora box of problems for BJP.— पन्ना लाल (@itsmepanna) June 30, 2016
Jharkhand BJP MP son marries a 11year old..Modi has imported Saudi culture to India in exchange of tanks #Rs 8,392 pic.twitter.com/qjfR5VuThe— Amar Akhbar Anthony (@amarakhbaranth1) June 30, 2016