Orphanage forces Kerala teen to marry UAE man

Malappuram, Aug 27 : In a shocking revelation, a 17-year-old girl in Kerala said she was forced by an orphanage, where she lived, to marry a man from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The girl, now with her mother, alleged that people who run the orphanage forced her to marry the man, who sexually abused her for two weeks and abandoned her.

She got married on June 13 this year.

The man took her to resorts in Calicut and Kumarakam and abused her sexually, before deserting her on June 31, the girl alleged.

The girl's mother told media that due to extreme poverty, she left her child in the care of the orphanage when she was a few years old.

She said she was in continuous touch with her daughter and was forced to provide consent for the marriage.

The orphanage, however, claimed that it has documents to show that the mother gave her consent for the marriage of the teenager.

"The police have filed a case of rape, harassment for dowry and other charges under the Juvenile Justice Act and the Protection of Children against Sexual Harassment Act. The man is back in UAE," NDTV reported.

--IBNS (Posted on 27-08-2013)

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