HC fines AMOFOI, asks it to deposit money in CMRF

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today slapped a fine of Rs 2 lakh on a social organisation for allegedly facilitating marriage of a minor girl and directed it to contribute the fine amount in the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
 
A Division Bench of Justices M M Das and A K Rath taking up a habeas corpus writ filed by one Amulya Kumar Jena of Dhenkanal district held a Bhubaneswar-based social organization called Anti-caste Marriage and One Child Family Organisation (AMOFOI) guilty for conducting the marriage of Jena?s minor daughter in March this year.
 
Jena?s daughter, a Plus III first year student was 17 years and nine months old when she married her lover with the help of AMOFOI on March 26 this year. Both the lovers had runway from their homes and approached the social organization to facilitate their marriage.
 
However, questioning the authority of the social organization in facilitating the marriage of a minor girl, the Bench held it responsible and fined it. The HC further directed the Organisation to deposit the fine money with the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.