September 28, 2011

Rewari (Har), Sep 27 (PTI) Perturbed over the condition of her daughter who was married at the age of 13 due to her grandparents' insistence, a woman has approached a local court seeking nullification of the marriage. Sapna Devi, a resident of Rewari, yesterday filed a petition in the court of district and sessions judge here, seeking nullification of the marriage under provisions of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act. Justice Sneh Prashar, who took note of the petition today, posted the matter for hearing on October 29. "At the insistence of the grandparents, the girl, a student of class VII, was married to a 23-year-old youth, employed in a private company in Gurgaon, on March 6, 2011," Neelam Sharma, district protection and child marriage prohibition officer and counsel for Sapna, said. Recently, the girl, who was staying at her husband's house in Gurgaon, returned home and complained about the ill-treatment meted out to her, Sharma said. When the girl refused to go back to her husband, her mother Sapna approached the court through the counsel. "The girl told her parents that she wanted to pursue further studies and does not want to go back to her husband's house," Sharma said.


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