Ranchi: Jharkhand BJP President Tala Marandi's son Munna Marandi has been accused of sexually exploiting a girl for over two years and marrying another girl, a minor, this week. A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against Munna Marandi, Munna marriage was reportedly solemnised on Tuesday – allegedly with a girl who is only 11 years old.
The wedding reception, scheduled on Wednesday and to be attended by Chief Minister Raghubar Das, was cancelled at the last moment to avoid any controversy. Tala Marandi avoided questions on the issue and said the mother of the girl was in a "better position" to talk about the age of her daughter.
Earlier on Wednesday, there were reports that Munna sexually exploited a 16-year-old girl for two years and promised to marry her but he later backed out. As per reports, Munna was set to marry the young girl's cousin, but after the allegations of sexual exploitation, the family backed out and he had to marry the 11-year-old girl in a hurry.
Not leaving the opportunity, Congress took a jibe on BJP and PM Narendra Modi. Congress Leader Shobha Oza said, "On one side, the BJP and the Prime Minister chant the slogan of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' and on the other side, the son of their party president in Jharkhand is married to a girl who is minor." A Santhal tribal leader, Tala Marandi was appointed the president of the Jharkhand unit of the BJP last month. He represents Borio Assembly constituency in Sahibganj district.