Shuvo Kundu, Sherpur (Bogra):
A 14-year-old girl has been accused of forcibly marrying a 15-year-old boy in Bogra’s Sherpur Upazila.
The victim of child marriage is a resident of Shah Bandegi Union of Sherpur Upazila. The marriage has been completed in the 4th ward of Bhabanipur Union.
However, there are allegations that the incident took place on the instructions of Md. Saiful, a member of the ward (No. 4).
The victim’s family has demanded punishment against the concerned members of the ward and those involved, including the girl’s parents.
Affidavit of notary public office has been prepared through forgery for payment of Rs. 3 lakhs by preparing fake birth registration.
However, the mother of the teenager claims that they already had a relationship, so I kept her in my house after marriage. Now if I want to take my son, I have to take my daughter with me.
Meanwhile, according to the father of the teenager, an attempt has been made to trap my minor son in the name of marriage. He, therefore, demanded that legal action be taken against those involved in the incident.
The teenager’s father Farid Uddin Akand had lodged a written complaint with the Sherpur police station on the evening of March 21.
According to the complaint, Kaushar Islam, 15, son of Farid Uddin Akandar of Naodapara village in Shahbandegi union of the Upazila, suddenly disappeared from his house on March 21. After much searching, news came on the morning of March 30 that the boy had been kept in the house of Abdul Aziz and Champa Begum of the same area with his teenage daughter Antra Khatun (14) from the house of the teenager’s grandfather in Ward 4 of Bhabanipur Union.
After receiving the news, the girl’s mother went to the girl’s house to rescue her son with the help of prominent people in the area.
After that, the father of the teenager became helpless and lodged a written complaint with the police station.
Later, in the wake of the complaint, the police went to the girl’s grandfather’s house to rescue the boy, but the concerned UP member appeared and sent the boy back to the police promising to be present at the police station. The next day, everyone was present at the police station, but the court was completed leaving the children absent at the police station.
Because of the complexity of the Women and Children Act in Darbar, the police are advised to settle the matter amicably or through a court of law.
In this regard, the 4th ward member of Bhabanipur Union Md. Saiful said, I was called as a member of the area so I came that day.
However, Sherpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Liaquat Ali Sheikh said he had not received any complaint in this regard. He said legal action would be taken if any complaint was received.