A 12-year-old girl from Uttarakhand was recently rescued after being ‘sold off’ by her mother twice for ‘marriage’ for Rs. 10,000 each time. After the girl was rescued, she underwent medical examination which revealed that she is also two months pregnant.

The incident came to the fore after the police received a complaint by the local integrated child development services officials. According to reports, the two men that the minor girl was married off two for money are in their 30s.

According to a report by The Print, the neighbours of one of the men that the girl was married off to notified the police after they saw the girl living in his house for over a month.

As of now, the girl is currently lodged at a shelter home in Uttarakhand. Following being rescued, the girl gave a statement in which she not only named her mother, but also the name of one of the women brokers, along with the two men who she was married off to.

The first marriage allegedly transpired in December 2021. However, the minor came back as her ‘husband’ used to thrash her regularly. The girl was then married off two a second man earlier this May for Rs. 10,000.

The victim has eight siblings, including seven sisters. All the sisters are married.

The Facts of the Matter

In Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district, a 12-year-old girl was rescued after she was sold and ‘married off’ by her mother for Rs. 10,000 to two men separately. The girl was sold off twice in the span of six months and she is currently reported to be two months pregnant. The victim has seven sisters, all of whom are married. Her mother has married twice and the stepfather is a daily wage laborer.


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Second Husband a Vegetable Vendor

So far, the victim’s mother and her “second husband” have been arrested by the Uttarakhand. The second man who paid Rs. 10,000 for the victim is a vegetable vendor. The victim’s mother was arrested earlier on Monday this week while the other accused was arrested back on June 18.

The incident was brought to the fore after officials of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) filed a complaint, based on which the police filed an FIR under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.


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The Horrific Trauma Minor Endured

Earlier, the neighbours of one of the accused ‘husbands’ took to the local authorities after they spotted the minor girl living in the accused’s home for over a month. According to a report by The Print, the victim’s mother wanted to get rid of her 12-year-old and decided to marry her off.

The girl was reportedly raped by both the men multiple times over the course of six months.

Multiple Brokers, Multiple Husbands

In December 2021, the girl was married off to a man in 30s. A woman had reportedly brokered the deal between the accused man and the victim’s mother. However, the girl soon returned home as the accused man used to thrash her and abuse her reputedly.

In May 2022, the girl was again sold off to another man, with another woman being the broker of the deal. The man paid Rs. 10,000 for the minor and the woman who brokered the deal took her commission.


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Victim Sheltered

For now, the minor girl is sheltered at a shelter home run by the Child Welfare Committee in Uttarakhand. Following being rescued, the girl gave statement to a magistrate where she named her mother, the two women who brokered the deal, and the two men who married her.

 

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