However, the police arrested the groom later under the provisions of the Child Marriage (Prevention) Act, later produced him before the court and the court has issued orders to a 14-day remand on the groom.
The wedding ceremony was attended by both families and relatives at a temple in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. The groom has a daughter and a son – both are married and have children.
The marriage was held at Satyanarayana Swamy Temple in Aryapuram, East Godavari district. Surprisingly, the temple authorities have registered the marriage in their office records. However, it didn’t go down too well with the women rights group in the region. They alerted the local police, who immediately swung into action. But by the time they could barge into the wedding party, the ageing groom had already escaped with his minor bride.
Shocking still, the girl’s parents asked the police to keep their noses out of their personal matter.
The impoverished parents said that marrying their minor daughter to the retiring government employee was a great opportunity, which they did not want to miss. Those in favour of the groom said, “Now that he is retiring, he needs a companion. He did not force anybody to marry him. It was a mutual decision.”
The Child Marriage Restraint Act 2005 states that all those who perform or encourage wedding of a girl below 18 years or a boy below 21 years of age directly or indirectly – including parents, those who attend the wedding, purohits (priests) – are responsible for the crime.