Feb 4, 2023:
Assam police on Saturday have arrested a total of 2,170 people allegedly involved in connection to cases pertaining to child marriage in the state.
The Assam government launched a massive operation on Friday to reduce the number of child marriages in the state and arrested nearly 1800 people in a single day.
DGP GP Singh, while addressing a press conference on Friday stated that 4,074 cases of child marriage have been registered at various police stations across the state.
Singh stated that 52 of those arrested were priests and Qazis involved in child marriages.
The DGP further informed that Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma had directed the police to carry out an investigation as he had got information about child marriage being widespread in the state.
The majority of the cases have been registered under different provisions of the POCSO Act and IPC sections, and action will be taken as per the law, DGP Singh said.