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Protect the couple, court tells police

A city court on Friday directed the Delhi Police to provide protection to a Muslim girl from Jammu who converted to Hinduism and married a Hindu boy. Sumit Saxena reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 28, 2009 01:16 IST
Sumit Saxena

A city court on Friday directed the Delhi Police to provide protection to a Muslim girl from Jammu who converted to Hinduism and married a Hindu boy. The direction followed the girl’s complaint alleging that her parents are against the marriage. Anjum, who adopted the name of Bhavani after converting to Hinduism, said no one had forced her to marry and that she wanted to live with her husband.

Bhavani had alleged she was assaulted by Jammu and Kashmir police officers, who barged into the woman’s hostel located at C-25, Qutab Institutional Area on Thursday morning.

She also informed the court that the police officers also assaulted hostel’s director Mohini Giri. A case was registered at the Hauz Khas police station.

The complainant’s counsel, V.K.Ohri, requested the court to issue orders for the arrest of Jammu and Kashmir police officials — identified as M.K.Khatana and Mohammed Arif. “Anjum, in her statement to the court, has identified the policemen who attacked her in the hostel. Her life is in danger because she married against the wishes of her family,” Ohri submitted before the court.

Directing the SHO, Hauz Khas police station, to immediately provide protection to the victim, Metropolitan Magistrate Saurabh Kulshestra said, “Police officials would ensure security for the victim for next 24 hours. The victim can peacefully go to the current residence in the city.”

The court noted that since there is a kidnapping case pending against Khem Raj — Bhavani’s husband — in Jammu, the court couldn’t interfere if J&K police arrests him. The court observed that as both the girl and the boy are major so their marriage is legal.

Taking a strong view on the action of J&K police, the judge said, “The SHO of the local police station should reply

why they were not informed by the J&K police officials before barging inside the girl’s hostel.”