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The Hush Post: Ever heard of an educated man, a lawyer, marrying an underage girl!  A 54-year-old Mumbai-based lawyer has been booked under the POCSO Act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, for marrying a 15-year-old girl two years ago. The accused, also father to a girl of the same age, was arrested last week and sent to judicial custody by the special court on Thursday. The grandparents of the minor, who had allegedly forced her into the marriage, have been also named as accused, and they too are wanted in the case. The accused lawyer married the minor after the death of his first wife in 2014. The complaint was filed by the minor herself, who is a major now.

The Mumbai police say that the minor lived in a village with her grandparents and visited her parents during vacations. In 2015, when she was in Class IX, her grandmother received a proposal from the accused through another woman in the village. Cops said the minor had refused to marry the man because of her age and also because she wanted to study. It was further alleged that during their first meeting, she was shocked to see that the accused was not a young boy but a much older man.

The child protested but she was allegedly forcibly married. Cops said the grandmother tried to convince the girl citing her mother’s illness and saying that there would be no one to look after her in future.

On the other hand, the accused had agreed to transfer a six-acre patch of land in the minor’s name once the marriage took place. The police said, though her father was against the marriage, he remained silent due to her mother’s illness. On April 21, 2015, the accused allegedly married the victim in the presence of relatives. Cops said the victim was brought to the city, where the accused began to sexually abuse the victim despite her protests.

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