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Jharkhand BJP chief's son ties the knot with 11-year old girl in a secret ceremony
Munna Marandi, son of Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi, allegedly tied the knot with an 11-year old girl on June 27 in a secret ceremony. Munna Marandi has been accused of sexually exploiting another girl for over two years on the pretext of marrying her.

Chief Minister Raghubir Das was supposed to attend the reception, which was held on Wednesday, but he cancelled his programme at the last movement to avoid any controversy.

Tala Marandi dodged all questions about the alleged union and said that the girl's mother would be in a better position to tell the right age of the girl.

A girl has filed a complaint at a court in Godda district, alleging that Munna Marandi sexually exploited her for over two years and had promised to marry her, but backtracked later. According to the girl, Munna befriended her and also gifted her a mobile phone, so that he could stay in touch with her, used her sexually and later decided to marry someone else.

The girl said that she decided to file a complaint when she heard about Munna Marandi's marriage plans. The girl also approached the Jharkhand Women commission on Wednesday. Mahua Manjhi, the commission's Chairperson has assured her that action shall be taken on her complaint.

According to sources, the commission has said that a notice could also be issued to Tala Marandi for allegedly getting his son married to a minor girl.

Tala Marandi, a Santhal tribal leader, was appointed the president of the Jharkhand unit of BJP last month.

The opposition has raised an outcry into the alleged marriage with a minor girl, although the ruling party BJP, has so far remained silent on the issue.

Alok Dubey, General Secretary of Jharkhand unit of Congress, told IANS, "The BJP should sack the state president and a fair probe should be instituted to investigate the allegations of sexual exploitation and marriage with a minor girl."

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