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17 fined over early marriage in Tangail

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Health Desk—July 9, 2017: A mobile court fined 17 people Tk 1.55 lakh for arranging marriage of an underage schoolgirl in Ghatail upazila of Tangail district on Saturday.

The bride's father Helal was fined Tk 40,000, groom Ashraful Tk 20,000, four other people Tk 10,000 each and 11 others Tk 5,000 each.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Abul Kashem Mohammad Shaheen led the court.

According to the sources, Helena Khatun, 14, a class-VI student of Brahmanshashan Khadiza Asia Girls' High School and daughter of Helal Uddin of Dhopajani village, was going to be married to Ashraful Islam, son of late Arshed Ali of Norjona village Friday night.

The 17 people would have to serve three months in jail if they fail to pay the fines, sources added.