The Delhi High Court today asked the city police to provide security to a newly-wed couple—with the partners belonging to two different religious communities—who are allegedly facing a threat from their relatives and the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police.
“The station house officer (SHO) of Hauz Khas police station, New Delhi, shall continue to provide police protection to the petitioners (couple) and ensure that all steps are taken to avoid any untoward incident and also ensure that they are not removed from the territorial jurisdiction of this Court,” Justice G. S. Sistani said.
The Court's direction came on a petition of Anjum Hussain alias Bhawani, and Khemraj, the couple, seeking protection on the ground that they could be “killed by the Jammu and Kashmir police which are acting in connivance with their relatives”.
The couple has sought that the J&K Police and their relatives, who did not approve of their marriage, be restrained from taking them to their native place.
The girl, a resident of Jammu who had taken shelter in a hostel run by V. Mohini Giri, former chairperson of National Commission for Women, alleged J&K policemen M K Khatana and Mohd Arif and her relatives assaulted her and Giri on March 26.
The court also issued notices to Jammu and Kashmir, its Resident Commissioner, two policemen and the relatives of the couple and fixed the matter for hearing on April 2.
Earlier, a lower court had recorded the statement of the girl, who converted to Hinduism and married her neighbour, to ascertain the truth and also asked the police to protect her.
The J&K police, which lodged a FIR against Khemraj for allegedly kidnapping the girl, had sent its personnel to arrest him.
The policemen allegedly trespassed into the premises of the Guild of Service, an NGO being run by V Mohini Giri, and assaulted the couple in an attempt to take them to Jammu and Kashmir.
The HC took into records the assurance given by Delhi police that they would provide security to the two.
“(Seeing) the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case and having regard to the statement made by the girl in court today that she is a major and married Khemraj out of her free will and wishes to reside within the jurisdiction of this court, this court deems it fit and proper to grant protection to them,” it said.