Minor basketball player saved from marriage

July 6th, 2011 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Jhajjar, July 6 (IANS) A teenaged national-level basketball player was saved from entering into wedlock with a man almost double her age in this Haryana district, police said Wednesday.

Police got information about the illegal wedding and, accompanied by the district child marriage prohibition officer, conducted a raid at Naungaon village late Tuesday evening and saved the 17-year-old player promising player.

“The victim was a minor and she was not ready to marry a man double her age,” Jhajjar district police chief Patram Singh said.

The girl’s parents wanted to marry her to a man hailing from Hisar district to save the family’s honour as they suspected that their daughter was raped by a senior basketball player of Haryana, police said.

“One of the relatives of the girl told the police that she was raped by a senior basketball player. We have directed them to file a formal complaint against that player so that proper action could be taken,” Singh said.

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