At the age of space and technology, India has archived a lot. But in the name of freedom of religion, customs and rituals some place in India still following 15th-century tradition. Now, in a shocking episode in Bihar state, a minor boy committed suicide barely a couple of hours after being forcibly married to his elder brother’s widow, a mother of two and 10 years older to him.
The incident happened in Ramna Vinobanagar village in Bihar state. The 15-year-old Class 9 student hanged himself from the ceiling of his house.
Neighbors claimed that the family had been under pressure from the women’s side and was forced to agree to the marriage, against boy’s will.
As per the reports, an FIR has been lodged for abetment of suicide and child marriage. The boy’s father Chandreshwar Das and the parents of Ruby Devi – the woman to whom the teenager was forcibly married – Ram Pravesh Das and Mutur Devi have been arrested.
Chandreshwar said that Ruby was married to the boy’s elder brother Satish Das in 2009 and the couple had a daughter and a son. Satish worked as an electrician in a private firm, died in an accident due to electric shock in 2013. After Santosh’s death, a compensation of Rs 80,000 was given by the company which he worked for the family out of which Chandreshwar transferred Rs 27,000 to the account of Devi.
On the other hand, a campaign was launched against child marriage, by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on October 2, during his ongoing state-wide tour.