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Indian minor girl rescued in Faridpur after eloping with boyfriend

Police also detain her 21-year-old boyfriend

Update : 27 Aug 2022, 09:32 PM

Police rescued a 16-year-old Indian girl from Faridpur just before she could get married to her 21-year-old Bangladeshi lover.

The girl was identified as Puja Bishwas, daughter of Sunil Dash from Nadia district in India’s West Bengal, Suman Kar, Assistant Superintendent of Faridpur police said on Saturday.

Her Bangladeshi boyfriend Tonmoy Rajbanshi, 21, from Gunbaha village in Boalmari municipality of Faridpur,  was also detained by police.

On information, the girl was rescued on Friday around 11pm from Poail village where the arrangements to officiate their wedding were made, said ASP Suman Kar.

Puja and Tonmoy were involved in a romantic affair through Facebook. 

On Friday, Puja came to Boalmari and from there Tonmoy took her to his brother-in-law’s house in Poail village.

Md Abdul Wahab, Officer-in-Charge of Boalmari police station said: “The girl had no passport or visa with her and she was underage for marriage,” 

Tonmoy was held for alluring the girl to come to Bangladesh and has been presented to court under section 54 of CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) on Saturday, the OC mentioned.

Meanwhile, the court sent Puja to a juvenile correction centre under the Social Service Department, said OC Abdul Wahab, and added the matter is under investigation.

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