The honour killing threat case, in which the Delhi High Court had criticised the police for not providing protection to the couple, took a new turn on Friday. The 17-year-old pregnant girl told the court that she did not wish to marry the boy with whom she had reportedly eloped.
However, in his order, Justice S.N. Dhingra said, “It is also apparent that she is afraid regarding her safety.”
The judge also asked the boy, who has been jailed, to file a fresh bail plea after it turned out that it wasn’t a case of rape as alleged by the girl’s parents. The lower court had rejected his bail plea.
The order came a day after the court slammed the police for booking “men who married for love” in rape cases.
The court was hearing a case in which a man was sent to jail after the parents of the girl, he had eloped with, accused him of rape. The Legal Services Aid Authority that had brought the case to the court’s notice said the girl was pregnant and had been disowned by her parents.
It said she wanted to marry the jailed boy.
The authority told the court that the girl needed security as she was scared of being killed by her parents if they come to know about the pregnancy.
The girl was staying with her brother in Delhi while her family was in Uttar Pradesh.
The court ordered the police to provide the girl with security after she expressed her desire to go to UP with her brother on June 23.