The Times of India is reporting that a 17-year-old girl has escaped from her parents and fled to police, claiming that her parents have forced her to marry older men six different times in the last two years.
The teenager, from Hafeezbabanagar, told police that in the course of two years, her parents have married her off to random men in exchange for large sums of money. The sixth and latest forced marriage was to a 50-year-old Sudanese man just last month.
According to the report, the girl’s parents were trying to send her to a hotel with her new husband this week when she finally had enough and escaped. She first stayed with a relative but immediately went to police the next day.
“Akbar [victim’s father] has four wives and the victim is his first wife's daughter,” said Rein Bazaar police inspector G Ramesh. “The victim has alleged that Akbar had forcibly married off the two daughters of his second wife recently in a similar manner. We are verifying that complaint.”
Police say that they raided the home of the victim’s aunt and discovered that the woman was operating a prostitution ring there.
Forced child marriage is unfortunately not uncommon in India, with recent statistics showing that 40 percent of the 57.5 million child brides in the world are found in India.