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Two teens blackmailed into marriage

Update : 17 Mar 2014, 07:32 PM

Police and ruling party activists allegedly confined two teenagers and forced them to marry after taking some intimate pictures of the pair suspected of having an affair at Nazirpur upazila in Pirojpur.

The police also reportedly took money from the boy’s family and threatened them to keep quiet about the matter. 

According to sources, a 14-year-old rickshaw van driver was returning home with a neighbour, a female student of SM Darusunnat Dakhil Madrasha on Wednesday. As soon as the pair reached Ramvodra village, local Awami League leaders Dalim and Tuku, along with their supporters, confined them at the Rajlokhhi Foundation in Bakshi. 

On being informed, Matia union AL president and madrasha teacher Mujahidul Islam Jafor, Matia Jubo League secretary Kamruzzaman Motin and sub-inspector (SI) Abdur Rahman of Babur Haat police outpost arrived at the scene.  

The boy’s mother, Julekha Begum, said Jafor demanded Tk10,000 from her to release her son. 

“I am very poor, but I managed to borrow Tk2,000 from some people. I gave the money to them, but SI Rahman just threw it away and started beating my son and the girl,” Julekha claimed. 

“I pleaded with them and promised to get the rest. Rahman then took the money and kept it in his pocket, but handed over my boy to Jafor and Motin instead of releasing him,” she said. 

Asim Kumar Mistri, assistant teacher of the madrasha where the girl is a student, said he went to the foundation and saw the police officer going inside a room with the girl and the boy. Later, intimate pictures of the pair were seen on the cell phones of different people in the area. 

The police officer and the AL activists later that night took the boy and the girl to the latter’s house and called a kazi (marriage registrar) to marry them. 

However, the kazi refused to marry the teenagers as they were underage. Jafor, himself, then married the couple, witnesses said. 

However, there was no immediate comment from the girl’s family on the forced marriage. Also, no case has been filed yet in this connection by either family. 

The couple, meanwhile, was believed to by staying at the boy’s house.

When contacted, Mujahidul Islam Jafor refuted the allegations against him, saying he did not marry the couple nor did he demand any money from the boy’s mother.

He added that SI Rahman asked for Tk1,500 as fuel cost for his vehicle and the family gave him the money willingly. 

SI Rahman denied taking any pictures of the couple, adding that he left the scene after the girl and the boy agreed to marry each other. 

Abdul Khalek Howladher, officer-in-charge of Nazirpur police station, also claimed that the allegations against Rahman were baseless.

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