Incident Reports

Flippant youths force minors into a marriage


Madhes, Dhanusha, Janakpur

Two 17-year-old youths who were found dating were first physically assaulted and then forced into a marriage for breaking the 'social norms' in Dhanusha. The spectators recorded the proceedings of the marriage and uploaded the video in the social media, which now has become viral. The teenage victim said that a group of five youths hit them with sticks, boot, and punches; dragged them into the temple; and got them married. The ward head is playing his part to stop the incident from getting into legal tangles.   It is illegal to force someone under the age of 20 into a marriage. 

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons None
Primary Cause Extra-judicial response to perceived offenses to social or moral norms (other than witchcraft)
Actor 1 - Number of people 5
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 2
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth youth
Total Injured 2
Female Injured 1
Youth Injured 1
National/Online Media