A perpetual drunk has sold his 10-year-olddaughter on the pretext of being poor and unable to cater to his family.
The underage would later be married to a 37-year-old man.
The child marriage attracted attention of a child advocacy group, which reported the matter to the police.
The father of the child bride was contacted and he owned up to the crime.
He reportedly said he was jobless, poor, and took the decision to cater to his family, especially the affected girl’s three other siblings.
The gazellenews.com gathered the Child Marriage Actfrowns upon the girl’s father’s action.
The incident happened, according to Times of India, happened at Ahmedabad.
The newspaper quoted Manish Joshi, the child marriage prevention officer, as saying the victim’s father was ‘clueless’.
“When we showed the video of the marriage to the girl’s father, he said she had been sold in marriage for Rs 50,000”.
The girl’s father is extremely poor and had run out of money to feed his kids.
He fell in the trap of a village-based agent …,” said Joshi.