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Cleric arrested for solemnising “nikkah” of minor abducted girl in Budgam

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A cleric who allegedly solemnized the wedding ceremony of an abducted minor girl in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district was arrested by the police.

According to a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), besides, a cleric, an abductor and six others were also arrested and have been lodged at police station, Beerwah, Budgam.

Unnamed police officials said that a youth from Najan village of Beerwah, Budgam had reportedly abducted a minor girl from adjacent Zanigam village and the girl’s family had approached police for help.

However, before police could find the abductor, he along with his relatives, friends and a local cleric tried to solemnize the wedding ceremony of the girl discreetly.

“We have handed over the abducted minor girl to the Child Welfare Committee for counseling,” an unnamed police official said.

He said that the cleric, the abductor and six others have been arrested, and a case has been registered against all the eight accused, and investigation into the matter has been started—(KNO)

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