New Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said over 1,800 people have been arrested so far as part of a massive campaign against child marriage. The chief minister also said he has asked the state police to take action against child marriages in the spirit of “zero tolerance”.

In a post on micro-blogging website Twitter, Sarma said, “Statewide arrests are continuing against those who violate the Child Marriage Ban Act… More than 1800+ people have been arrested so far… I have asked Assam Police to take action with the spirit of ‘zero tolerance’ against those who commit this unforgivable and heinous crime on women.”

Sarma on Thursday said the government is investigating over 4,000 cases of child marriages registered across Assam in the last fortnight and action will be initiated against the accused from Friday.

He said wrote on Twitter, “Assam Govt is firm in its resolve to end the menace of child marriage in the state. So far Assam police has registered 4,004 cases across the state and more police action is likely in days ahead. Action on the cases will begin starting February 3. I request all to cooperate.”

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