For forced marriage in Bihar 3,405 youths have been kidnapped in 2017

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For forced marriage in Bihar 3,405 youths have been kidnapped in 2017

It may be a cultural shock for many, but more than 3,400 youths were kidnapped for forced marriage, locally known as “Pakadua Vivah” in Bihar last year, official data revealed.

“Pakadua Vivah is rampant in Bihar. About 3,405 youths have been kidnapped for forced marriage in the State in 2017. In most of the cases, Pakadua Vivah was solemnised at gunpoint or threats to their life and their families,” a police official said on Sunday.

For forced marriageLast month, the Pakadua Vivah of an engineer in a village in Patna hit the headlines when he refused to keep his newly-wed wife after he was abducted and forced to marry at gunpoint.

According to the data, about 3,070 youths were kidnapped for Pakadua Vivah in the State in 2016, 3,000 in 2015 and 2,526 in 2014.

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“In all such cases, either the youths and their parents have been forced at gunpoint for Pakadua Vivah,” police officials said. Going by the police records, on an average nine boys are kidnapped every day for Pakadua Vivah in the State.

Taking the number of increasing Pakadua Vivah seriously, the State police has asked all the district police chiefs to be on the alert to check such incidents in the coming marriage season, known as “lagan” beginning this month.

For forced marriage 1Mahender Yadav, an activist working in flood-prone Koshi region in northern Bihar, said kidnapping for Pakadua Vivah is nothing unusual in the State. It has been reported for years. “What is alarming is that its number is increasing.”

He told IANS that Pakadua Vivah is an old social problem in Bihar due to the demand for dowry. “Girls families have been kidnapping suitable youths for forcible marriage. Families often use friends and relatives, and sometimes even hire professional criminals, to carry out abductions for marriages.”

Even the National Crime Records Bureau Report 2015,  which is the most recent official figure available,  confirms that Bihar is at the top in the country when it comes to the abduction of above 18-year-old males.

Related imageThe number of abducted males in Bihar in the 18 to 30 age-group was 1,096 in 2015. The State alone accounted for nearly 17 per cent of the national figure in the category.

-05 February 2018 | IANS | PATNA