Another case of ‘Arabi Kalyanam’ in Kerala


KeralaKOZHIKODE: In yet another case of forcing minor Muslim girls into wedlock with Arab nationals in Kerala, a 17-year-old girl had approached Child Welfare Committee alleging that the orphanage authorities, where she had been staying, forced her to marry a man from UAE.

In her complaint to the committee on Friday, the girl had alleged that the orphanage authorities “pressurized” her to marry the man, who deserted her after honeymooning for 17 days and returned to his country.

The Child Welfare Committee Chairman in Malappuram, Sherrief Ullath said according to the girl the marriage took place on June 13.

The orphanage authorities forced her to marry the man from Ras Al Khaima in UAE against her wishes.

The Child Welfare Committee authorities said they had forwarded the woman’s complaint to the police, who have registered cases under Prohibition of Child Marriage Act-2006, the Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the orphanage P P Mohammed Ali denied the allegations by the girl and claimed that the marriage was solemnized with the consent of both the families, for which it has records.

She had been staying in the orphanage for the last 13 years after her father abandoned the family, Ali said. -PTI