Claims of underage girl's forced marriage to police chief in Chechnya unconfirmed - Chechen children's ombudsman

Chechen children's rights commissioner Khamzat Khirakhmatov has said unconfirmed claims that an underage girl was forced into marriage in Chechnya were designed to harm the police chief of the republic's Nozhai-Yurt district.

Chechen children's rights commissioner Khamzat Khirakhmatov has said unconfirmed claims that an underage girl was forced into marriage in Chechnya were designed to harm the police chief of the republic's Nozhai-Yurt district.

"In my opinion, it was someone's order directed against this district police chief. People are even laughing at this story. There are no facts proving it. No one is getting married. This girl has graduated from high school and is now preparing for her exams," he told the Govorit Moskva radio station on Monday.

Khirakhmatov also said that his assistants had not found any evidence able to confirm "these rumors."

Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said on May 11 that he had not found any proof of violations of an underage girl's rights in Chechnya either. This story includes a number of distorted facts, as well as incorrect names and biographical information, Astakhov said.

According to earlier news reports, the Nozhai-Yurt district's police chief Nazhud Guchigov, 57, allegedly married a 17-year-old girl from Baitarki village.

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