Newsd Exclusive: Jharkhand BJP chief's son marries an 11-year old
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Newsd Exclusive: Jharkhand BJP chief’s son marries an 11-year old

Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi’s son Munna Marandi is allegedly wed to an 11-year old minor. The wedding is said to have taken place in Godda, Jharkhand, on June 27. Incidentally, her cousin was asked to marry Munna, but she complained to the police but received no help. However, she and her family succeeded in backing out of the marriage.

Interestingly, another minor girl, days ago, accused Munna of molesting her for two years. The accusation also led to the breakup of their proposed marriage.

Below is a letter from the wed girl’s headmaster of SDN Academy, Mahagama, affiliated to Jharkhand Academy Council, Ranchi, exclusively accessed by Newsd. He ascertains Munna’s now wife was born on July 25, 2005, and is enrolled in sixth standard.

SDN academy, letter from headmaster (1)

District Congress president Deepika Pandey Singh confirms she filed a complaint with the Jharkhand women’s commission, requesting them to intervene. Despite direction from the court, the police have not taken action against Munna or Tala Marandi. “This shows how the state government is trying to protect the BJP president,” she said. In fact, according to Singh, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das was to attend Munna’s reception, which was held on Wednesday, 29th June, but cancelled at the last minute. “There’s something really fishy,” Singh adds.

Congress is demanding the resignation of the BJP President. “These people are talking about Beti Bachao Beti Padao… I don’t how they will do justice now,” Singh says.

Tala Marandi’s phone was switched off when Newsd tried to reach him.

A few days ago Newsd reported that Munna Marandi has been accused of sexual abuse by a tribal woman. The victim had approached a local court with her complaint after which the court directed the police to probe the matter and file a case. However, the BJP denied these charges, and described the incident as a political conspiracy.

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