Tamil Nadu woman, pregnant, arrested for marrying underage classmate: Police – Flying Journals

Tamil Nadu woman, pregnant, arrested for marrying underage classmate: Police

The accused woman has been charged under the POCSO Act. (representative)

Chennai:

A pregnant 20-year-old college student has been arrested on suspicion of marrying an underage classmate in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu, police said today.

The teenager, who was a minor when he disappeared in April, was found living with the senior. Police tracked him down after his parents filed a petition to take him to court.

The young woman will be sent for a medical examination, police said, adding that she has been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

“The court has handed her over to judicial custody,” said Salem Police Chief Najmul Hoda.

In another incident, a 17-year-old boy was detained for marrying a 16-year-old girl in the state’s Cuddalore district.

He was detained after a video of him wearing a mangalsutra (a necklace worn by married women) to girls at a bus stop went viral. Police have registered a case under the POCSO Act and the boy has been taken to an observation house.

“The boy allegedly had sex with the girl. She will undergo a medical examination,” police said.

Police have arrested another man for allegedly uploading the video on social media under the SC/ST Act.

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