51-Year-Old Sarpanch had Booked A Helicopter Ride For His Would To Be Minor Bride, Loses Job

Madhya Pradesh:  A 51-year old sarpanch of a village in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district was removed from his post after he allegedly tried to marry a 12-year-old girl from a poor family, district authorities said.

Jagannath Mawai, the sarpanch, who is already married, had also booked a helicopter ride for his would-be bride and sought permission for construction of a temporary helipad in his Bahrar Jagir village earlier this month.The district authorities stopped his marriage at the last moment on December 11 on receipt of a complaint that Mawai's future wife, a resident of Khaira village, was a minor and was only 12-year old girl.

"After the permission for (construction) of the (temporary) helipad was issued, we received a complaint from a villager that the girl is minor. When officials of District Panchayat and Child Development department checked the documents from her school, she was found to be only 12-year-old," district collector Bhaskar Lakshkar said, adding that the girl had secured admission in class I in 2010.

Later it was discovered, neither Mawai's wife nor the family members of the girl had filed any formal complaint against him.


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