A 31-year-old man from Delhi attempted suicide by slashing his wrist in the Bombay High Court premises on Tuesday after the girl he was in love with allegedly rejected him.
Even before the court proceedings began for the day, Vikas Kumar Verma tried to kill himself outside the court room 28 on the first floor of the three storeyed heritage HC building at 10.40 am after Manisha (name changed) with whom he had eloped earlier declared that she did not want to be with him.
Verma was staying in Pune when he had allegedly eloped with the 18-year-old girl on January 15. The girl’s parents filed a case of kidnapping against Verma and his parents for abetting the kidnapping with the Pune police. The girl had later returned to her parents.
Verma’s parents had approached the High Court seeking to quash the FIR against them which was listed for hearing on Tuesday before the division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice DB Bhosale.
When both the families came face to face outside the court, Manisha told Kumar that she did not want to be with him following which he slashed his left wrist with a blade just outside the court room.
He was immediately rushed to the nearby GT Hospital at Crawford Market. After treatment, the court was informed that he was stable and was later brought before the court at 3 pm. He had sustained a 6 inches long and 2 inches deep wound and 7 stitches.
During the hearing, Manisha told the court that Verma had forcibly taken her after blackmailing and threatening her. She also told the court that Verma had locked her up in a room and even used to beat her and she had no intentions to stay with Kumar and also that they were not married.
Verma had even allegedly forced her to write several letters to her parents claiming that she was happy and also not to try to trace her. She was forced to write in one of her letters, "…and also you wont be able to trace us out even as we both are going far away from this place; from this mean world."
Kumar, who was brought to the court after treatment, refuted the charges of abuse against him. However, Justice Desai observed that they trusted the girl and restrained Verma from pressuring the girl. "You should respect the girl’s feelings. Nobody can stop her from going, not even the court," said Justice Desai.
After hearing both sides, the court appointed advocate Shirish Gupte to mediate in the dispute between the two families in the kidnapping case to settle it out of court.
The court will hear the petition against the case of kidnapping registered against Kumar's parents on Friday.
The police has filed a case against Kumar for attempting suicide in the court premises.