The Principal District and Sessions Court here on Thursday granted bail to seven accused, including four functionaries of an orphanage, in the case of an Arab marrying a minor Muslim girl and later divorcing her.

The case relates to United Arab Emirates national Jasem Mohammed Abdul Karim Abdulahmed, 28, marrying a 17-year-old girl, who was residing at the city-based orphanage, on June 13.

He left the country on July 1 and later divorced her through triple talaq over the phone.

Judge V. Bhaskaran granted bail to P.T. Mohammed Ali, secretary, P.V. Mamu Koya, coordinator, and Yahiya Khader and P.M. Walid, members, of the Kuttichira-based orphanage; Sulaika, 42, mother of Jasem; her second husband, C. Muneer, 38; and Abu Shahabas, 27, a cousin of Jasem. All of them had been arrested earlier and remanded in judicial custody.

Last week, the court had rejected their bail applications.

12 accused in case

The police have named 12 persons, including a Muslim clergy who conducted the marriage rites, in the list of accused.

A special police team led by Town Circle Inspector T.K. Ashraf is investigating the case.