In Kurnool, 13-year-old boy marries 23-year-old woman to fulfil mother’s wish

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Andhra Pradesh a shocking case of child marriage, a 13-year-old boy was married to a woman ten years elder to her at Upparahal village in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district in April, police said on Saturday.  Local residents said the ceremony was conducted because the boy’s terminally ill mother wanted the family to have an adult woman capable of performing household chores after her demise. Although the boy’s marriage with the 23-year-old woman was allegedly solemnized at their residence on April 27, local authorities came to know about it only after photographs of the ceremony went viral on the social media.

According to local reporters, the minor’s father is alcoholic while his mother is reportedly ill. The minor has three other siblings. Fearing that her children would be deserted by her husband if she died, the boy’s mother found a match from her relatives, although the woman was much older, and got the boy married off.

Police suspect that the family has fled to Karnataka since the village is close to the Karnataka border. According to the invitation card, the wedding began on April 23 with prayers being offered to village deities and ended at 3.05 am on April 27.

“The marriage will be canceled as it is not valid as per law. If the parents do not hand the bride and the groom over to the district authorities within two days, we will a file a case against them,” said tahsildar Srinivasa Rao.

The boy’s parents could not be reached for comment as their mobile phone was switched off.

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