Cases of child marriage and remarriage surface in mass marriage under Mukhyamantri Samuhik Vivah Yojana in Firozabad | Meerut News
Agra: Two days after 51 couples got married in a mass wedding ceremony under Mukhyamantri Samuhik Vivah Yojana at the Tundla bloc development office in Firozabad district, major irregularities surfaced.
Close examination of the files showed that a 13-year-old girl was married. In two cases, couples remarried and in another, a woman was married to her already married cousin.
People underwent the wedding ceremony to enjoy the benefits worth Rs 45,000 provided under the program. An investigation has been ordered by the district administration.
Under the Mukhyamantri Samuhik Vivah Yojana, jewelry, clothing and a gas cylinder are provided to the bride. In addition, monetary assistance of Rs 35,000 is provided to the newlywed couple.
According to sources, a Class VIII student was married to an adult from Etah despite her Aadhaar card showing that she was 13 years old.
In another case from the same village, Bhavana, 21, daughter of Shambhudayal, who married on May 24, remarried the same man on Saturday.
Confirming the two cases, gram pradhan’s husband from Marsena village, Durgesh Sharma, said: “Officials did not consult with us when preparing the list of beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Samuhik Vivah Yojana. We were not invited to the program. People applied for the benefits of the plan. They are poor people and they do not know the legality.
Residents of Ghari village, after looking at photographs, verified that a Shivani in the village was married to her cousin who is already married.
Pragya Shankar Tiwari, Firozabad Social Protection Officer, said: “A few cases of irregularities have surfaced. Details of the alleged remarriage in two cases and the age of the bride in another are under investigation. Appropriate action will be taken.