Assam Matia Camp And Silchar Stadium Transformed Into Temporary Custodies
Jails in several districts of Assam has been filled up leaving no space for more arrestees in connection with child marriage
GUWAHATI: The Matia Transit Camp in Goalpara district along with a stadium in Silchar, has been converted into temporary jails to keep arrested individuals in connection with child marriage crackdown in Assam.
As many as 2441 individuals has been arrested in relation with the matter, including the grooms and other involved in arranging child marriages in the state. Assam police, Prashanta Bhuyan informed that, few custodies in several districts of Assam has been filled up leaving no space for more arrestees.
Hence, the state administration has transformed the Matia Transit Camp with 3000 capacity and Silchar stadium into temporary jails for the inmates. The reports till Monday states a number of 2,441 men which includes men who married minor girls, family members and priests and kazis for conducting the marriages.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma's drive against child marriage has created a havoc like situation in the entire region. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has concluded to seek intervention of the Supreme Court against the crackdown. Guwahati High Court senior advocate and committee member, Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury stated that, the conclusion was made in Lucknow during a meeting.
He further informed that, he had raised his voice against the matter previously, but his words went unheard. Choudhury further mentioned that, as per the Muslim personal law, every girl who belongs to the Muslim community is allowed to marry after she attains the age of 15.
Along with that, Punjab and Haryana High Court also accepted this fact, and offered its verdict that a Muslim girl willing to get married at the age of 15, can do so without any sort of restriction. Choudhury mentioned about Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, where marriages of these kind are accepted.