KARUR:Karur police have detained a man, who was posing as a lawyer, for marrying a minor girl, here on Wednesday.
The marriage came to light after the girl’s mother lodged a complaint with all-women police station after the victim alleged torture by the accused. Police filed separate cases against Saravanan (35), son of Veeran of Muthupatti in Madurai district under Protection of Children from Sexual Harassment Act (POCSO) and for practising illegally in the court.
Sources said that Kavitha, wife of Madhavan, and the mother of the victim hailing from Thanthonimalai in Karur district was dealing a land dispute case with an advocate here in Karur. Saravanan was working as an assistant with him. He introduced himself as a qualified lawyer and acquainted closely with Kavitha and her family.
In a course of time, Saravanan managed to gain the trust of Kavitha and married her 17-year-old daughter in June last year.
After marriage, they lived as a couple in Madurai. Later the girl had learnt that Saravanan was just class-9 dropout and not a qualified lawyer and informed her mother that he was torturing her.
In her complaint, Kavitha said that Saravanan had hoodwinked them posing as a lawyer, only to gain the trust of her and married the minor girl.
Based on her complaint, all-women police station booked him under Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO) Act and Child Marriage Act and for cheating. Besides, acting on the complaint lodged by advocate Raja Pasupathipalayam, the police detained Saravanan for illegally practising in court, under Section 45 of the Advocates Act 1961.