Munna Marandi, the son of Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi, is facing outrage after claims that he married an 11-year-old girl on June 27 in Jharkhand’s Godda region.
The reception, which was held on Wednesday, was meant to be attended by Chief Minister Raghubar Das – who cancelled his scheduled appearance at the last moment to avoid any controversy.
Tala Marandi avoided questions about the alleged union and said that the girl’s mother was in a better position to talk about the age of her daughter.
According to the chairperson of the State Commission for Women, the marriage was a hush-hush affair.
The shocking claims come just three days after Munna was accused of sexually abusing another minor girl for two years, on the pretext that he would marry her.
The first girl’s family reportedly backed out of the wedding just a day beforehand, after the allegations of sexual assault came to light.
Munna then hurriedly married a girl who is allegedly still a Class Six student.
The Commission for Women, however, hasn’t received any complaint from the girl who Munna married, or her family.
Opposition leader Shibu Soren raised the matter in the Jharkhand Assembly, saying that the name given on the wedding card was different from the name of the girl whom Munna finally married.
The state Congress and the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha are demanding action against Marandi and his son.
While the Congress demanded the resignation of the BJP state president, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha’s principal secretary has demanded an SIT investigation.
The state’s BJP leaders have been silent on the