The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the police to find a Muslim woman who was allegedly detained by her parents in Kashmir.
The woman’s parents did not approve of her marriage to a Hindu boy.
A division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Mridula Bhatkar has asked the police to produce her in court by March 25.
“Find the woman and produce her in court by March 25. If you find her before that even then get her to the court earlier,” remarked Justice Desai.
The HC was hearing a petition filed by Ravi Tiwari (26) from Bihar.
Tiwari has approached the high court alleging that his in-laws have detained his wife, Sabeena Langoo (22).
Additional Public Prosecutor Rajesh More told the court that the police will soon go to Kashmir to find her and get her back to Mumbai.
Langoo, a Kashmiri, met Tiwari in Pune where the latter had gone to pursue his MBA. The two fell in love and decided to marry. Langoo’s parents were against the marriage and took her to Kashmir and tried to marry her off.
Langoo managed to escape. The two came to Mumbai and tied the knot at a temple in Khar in October 2009. She converted to Hinduism and changed her name to Anusha.
After marriage, Langoo approached the HC seeking protection from her parents.
Langoo’s family traced Tiwari’s residence in Bihar where the local police allegedly threatened his family, her petition said.
The HC admitted her petition in December 2009 and directed the Saki Naka police to provide protection to the couple.
The couple had recently gone to Kashmir after receiving a letter that Langoo’s father was ill. However, her family held her back forcibly, claimed Tiwari. Expressing fear for his wife’s life, Tiwari filed another petition in high court.