A 25-year-old man was arrested here on Sunday for allegedly marrying a minor girl in Velur in Namakkal district on Friday.
According to police, P Senthil, a labourer of Middle Street, Anichampalayam, and the girl, a class X students, were in love for the past three years.
On Friday, Senthil eloped with the 16-year-old girl and tied the knot at a temple. Later, the couple returned to the village and stayed at the groom’s house.
On information, the village administrative officer A Muthuchelian after conducting a preliminary inquiry lodged a complaint with the Velur police.
Police slapped a case on the bridegroom under section 9 1 (11) of Prohibition of Child Marriages Act on Saturday, sources said.
The police said that they have been taking steps to get relevant certificates of the girl to prove her age and will take due action against the groom, while the girl has been sent back to her parents.
Meanwhile, two persons were arrested at Thevaram Renganathapuram, a small hamlet near Bodi, for trying to arrange the marriage of a class tenth student forcibly on Sunday.
Janani, daughter of Raja and Anandhi of Thevaram Renganathapuram, was a class tenth student.
In her husband Raja’s absence, Anandhi arranged her daughter’s marriage with Suresh (29) of the same village.
Janani, who refused the marriage, was threatened by Anandhi who used abusive language and went to the extend of beating her.
Janani complained to the Thevaram Renganathapuram police who acted on her complaint and arrested both Anandhi and Suresh.