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Husband’s Facebook page helped Rajasthan teen secure annulment of her marriage

Social media platform led a Rajasthan based teen to prove in court that she had been married off as a minor. The teen actually surprisingly took to her husband’s facebook page to extract crucial evidence to prove her contention in the court. According to media reports, the 19-year-old girl urged the Rajasthan court to annul her marriage.

It so happened that one Kriti Bharti, the Managing Trustee of a child rights non-profit organisation Saarthi Trust said, “Many of groom’s friends had posted congratulatory messages on his Facebook page.” The couple was minor when they tied the knot in 2010 and the girl’s family was preparing for her ‘gauna’. The girl, who was unable to convince her parents against the marriage, left her home in April 2016, after informing Bharti. The latter then rescued her and accommodated her in a child home after taking her custody from the Bal Kalyan Samiti of Barmer. “But in the court, (the husband) refused that there was solemnisation of the marriage between them and said that it was just a preparation for the engagement,” Bharti said. “Facebook helped in proving that the girl’s husband was lying in the court,” she said.

Bharti collected evidence from the Facebook account of the girl’s husband and arranged witnesses to corroborate the solemnisation of the wedding. The court accepted the evidence and declared the marriage invalid.

 

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