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Crackdown on child marriage: Over 800 arrested in special operation in Assam, says CM Himanta Biswa Sarma | Guwahati News – Times of India

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GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said that over 800 accused were arrested in a major crackdown on child marriage.
The development comes nearly three weeks after Sarma warned that 3,000 people will be arrested in the state for their involvement in child marriages.
“In a massive crackdown against child marriage, Assam Police has arrested over 800 accused persons in a special operation which began in the early hours of dawn,” said Sarma in a tweet.

Last month, police had detained 17 fake “qazis” (a person who solemnises Muslim marriages) in different operations in Hailakandi district of Assam.

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In the first round of a massive crackdown on child marriages in February, the state police arrested hundreds of people from across the state, including family members and clerics who officiated these unauthorised weddings.Watch ‘Over 2,000 men to face arrests in 10-day child marriage crackdown,’ Assam CM Himanta Biswa

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