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AMOFOI fined Rs 2 lakh for helping minor girl marry

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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Oct 28:

Anti-caste Marriage and One Child Family Organisation (AMOFOI), a Bhubaneswar-based social organization that facilitates inter-caste, inter-religion and dowry-less marriage has been slapped a fine of Rs 2 lakh by the state High Court  for allegedly solemnizing the marriage of a minor girl . It has been directed to deposit the fine amount with the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

Responding to a habeas corpus writ filed by by AK Jena of Dhenkanal district accusing AMOFOI of facilitating  the marriage of his  minor daughter, a two-member division bench of the High Court passed the order.

According to reports, the petitioner’s daughter was 17 years and 9 months old when AMOFOI helped her marry her lover on March 26 this year.

The High Court bench, convinced that AMOFOI had no authority to defend, justify or facilitate the marriage of a minor girl, imposed the fine and asked it to hand over the amount to the CMRF.