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Man arrested for abducting minor girl, marrying her, in UP's Muzaffarnagar


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Chennai:

MUZAFFARNAGAR: A man who had allegedly abducted a minor a year ago and later married her was arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Wednesday.

The couple, who now have a child, was staying in Haryana's Panipat and police brought them to Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday, Station House Officer (SHO) Anil Kaparvan said.

He said a case of abduction and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered against the accused.

However, the 17-year-old girl in her statement to police maintained that she willingly married the man and went with him to Haryana, Kaparvan said.

The girl's family had lodged a complaint against the accused for allegedly abducting her.

The girl and the child were handed over to her family, Kaparvan said.