Three including temple priests sent to jail for minor girl's marriage

Chamarajanagar, Sep 28 (IANS): Two priests and a middle-aged bus conductor, who connived to get a minor girl forcefully married, were pronounced guilty on Wednesday and sent to jail by a court in Karnataka's Chamarajanagar district.

The three were sent to jail on the orders of the Child Friendly Special and First Additional District and Sessions' Court.

The convicted persons were identified as M. Ravikumar, a conductor with Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), K.N. Chandrashekara aka K.N. Shastri and Rajeshwara Shastri, both priests from Mysuru.

The court gave a three-year jail term to Ravikumar and one-year rigorous imprisonment to the two priests.

According to police, the accused had forcefully taken the minor girl in his car while she was waiting for the bus on October 23, 2017. He had forcefully tied 'mangalsutra' to the girl in a shed near Gosai Ghat in Srirangapatna city, the police said.

The priests, knowing the girl was a minor, had conducted the marriage rituals and helped the accused conductor, said the police.

The charges were proved by the prosecution that the accused had sexually harassed the minor girl after marriage, and had threatened her.

Judge A.C. Nisharani passed the order and special public prosecutor K. Yogesh argued for the prosecution.



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  • Thousif, Mangalore, bolar

    Thu, Sep 29 2022

    They are saint.

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  • ROY, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 29 2022

    Marriage without consent is void ab initio. That too a marriage with a minor is statutory rape. So the bus conductor should have been tried under POSCO and sec 376 rape and sentenced to life. The priests should have known better. Looks like a hush up case . politicians and police are involved as well. The girl cannot give consent , neither can her parents as she is a minor.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Any commission percentage involved ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, New York

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai ...

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    The culprits deserved jail. But what happened to the marriage? Has it been annulled?

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  • Babu Shenoy, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Any marriage that is forcefully performed is by its very nature null and void before law and in practice.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Mohan Prabhu Canada,right decision from court.Forced marraige is not possible as it is against girls will .One cant make get married against either boy or girl will.Other side girl is minor.Parents have to give their approval for the marriage.And after the ceremony he was forcing her sexually ,and threatend her which is no go.He too should be given more punishment as three years for forcefully taken her to Temple.

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