A 30-year-old Aligarh man has accused his in-laws of forcing him and his daughters to embrace Islam 11 years after he married a Muslim woman against their wishes. Police say they will investigate the claims.
Deepak said his in-laws, who took away his wife and children, had threatened to kill the couple after he took the complaint to the Aligarh senior superintend of police.
“The case is very serious though I do not have complete details. The case will be investigated by the police and action taken against the accused,” SSP Love Kumar said.
His in-laws were virtually holding his family hostage in their house in the Bhujpura locality of Aligarh and his daughters could be sold off, alleged Deepak, who fell in love with a girl in his neighbourhood and married her. The couple had to move out of Jalali, a town in the district, as her family continued to oppose the relationship. They returned a year ago.
“Six months back when I woke up one morning, I found my wife and daughters missing,” said Deepak, who after much running around traced them to his in-laws’ house.
The in-laws told him that if he wanted his family back, he would have to convert to Islam, Deepak alleged. They even circumcised him but didn’t allow his daughter and wife to return to him, he alleged.
“Now they are threatening that they will murder me and my wife,” said Deepak.
He claimed that he lodged a complaint on April 7 but police didn’t take note of it. “I fear that after I lodged a complaint with the SSP, the accused may harm my family,” Deepak said.