01/07/2016 2:17 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Jharkhand BJP Chief Tala Marandi's Son Accused Of Marrying A 11-Year-Old

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NEW DELHI -- The Congress Party on Thursday cornered the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports that the son of Jharkhand BJP chief Tala Marandi has married a minor girl.

"On one side, the BJP and the Prime Minister chant the slogan of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' and on the other side, the son of their party president in Jharkhand is married to a girl who is minor," Congress leader Shobha Oza told ANI.

"There is another instance where an underage girl has accused that the son of the BJP's Jharkhand president sexually exploited her for two years. All these instances show that how girls and women are treated in the houses of the BJP ministers. Investigation should take place in this incident. I would like to request the National Women Commission (NCW) to take cognisance of this matter. Guilty should be punished in this case," she added.

According to reports, the marriage with the minor reportedly took place on 27 June, in Godda region of Jharkhand and the reception was held on 29 June.

Regarding the claims of sexual abuse, it is reported that the minor girl had submitted an application before the State Commission for Women against Munna Marandi for sexually abusing her for two years with the promise of marriage.

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