A city court has given the “least possible sentence” to a 21-year-old man who ran away with a minor girl and married her after she had converted to Hinduism, saying “one cannot love and be wise”.
Additional sessions judge (ASJ) Virender Bhat convicted Deepu Kumar of kidnapping after he pleaded guilty. But the court virtually let him off as the punishment awarded to him was a daylong detention in the courtroom. Under Section 363 of the IPC, maximum punishment for kidnapping a minor from lawful guardianship is seven-year imprisonment. However, Bhat said: “The convict is sentenced to imprisonment for a period till rising of the Court along with a fine of Rs 1,000.”