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Mobile court confronted while preventing child marriage in Bogra

  • Published at 11:56 am June 30th, 2018
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Bangladesh has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Two people have been sentenced to jail on charges of obstructing government administration over the incident

A mobile court was confronted by family members present at a child marriage ceremony, while it was preventing the illegal marriage from taking place in Bogra. 

Two people have been sentenced to jail on charges of obstructing government administration over the incident, which took place in Naruli Khandakar Para on Friday afternoon.

Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Azizur Rahman and Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Bodiuzzaman confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

According to sources, a local man named Babu Mia tried to marry off his daughter Rajni Khatun, 15, who is a tenth-grade student. The marriage ceremony was being held at the residence of Babu’s neighbour Abdur Rashid on Friday.

The ceremony was at its final stage, with many relatives of both the groom and the bride’s families present at the venue.

On a tip off, a mobile court led by UNO Azizur Rahman arrived at the ceremony venue around to halt the child marriage. 

As soon as the court arrived, Babu Mia and his wife Faima escaped with their daughter. There are allegations that the court officials threw out the food cooked for nearly 400 guests at the ceremony.

The guests became agitated after the court detained the child bride’s maternal grandfather Sekendar Ali, 65, aunt Sweety Begum, and uncle Rocky Mia, and aggressively confronted the court officials.

A team of police later arrived at the scene and brought the situation under control. Sekendar Ali, who became ill during the turn of events, was later released from custody. He is currently admitted in a hospital for treatment.

The court sentenced Rocky Mia to two months and Sweety Begum to one month of simple imprisonment for obstructing government administration.

OC Bodiuzzaman however declined to comment on whether the court had thrown out food cooked for the guests at the marriage ceremony.

Responding to a query, UNO Azizur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune: “The relatives present at a child marriage ceremony attacked the court officials with sticks. Two people have been jailed for obstructing government administration.

He denied having any information on the food being thrown out at the marriage ceremony.