A 28-year-old driver from Satara has prayed to the Bombay High Court to order the police to produce his wife in court.
Pradeep Phadthare, who filed a habeas corpus (produce in person) petition, claimed that his wife Shubda (18) has been illegally detained by her father Dattatray, a police constable, because he was opposed to their marriage.
“The high court has issued a notice to Dattatray. The case is likely to be heard on June 6,” said Pradeep’s lawyer Suryakant Shelke.
In his petition Pradeep said he and Shubda, a college student, “fell in love” in May 2009.
“As she was 17-and-a-half years old, my parents asked me not to propose marriage until she was 18,” the petition said.
In June 2009, Pradeep and his parents went to meet Shubda’s parents in Mumbai, but Dattatray turned them down.
On June 18, 2009, Shubda called Pradeep and him that she had left home and was in Pune. “She told me that her parents were beating her and forcing her to marry someone else,” the petition said.
He tried to convince her to return home, but she refused to even talk to her parents. On July 2009, they got married in a temple though she had not yet turned 18, the petition said.
After Shubda left home, her father filed a case of kidnapping against Pradeep and his family and the police arrested his mother, sister-in-law and cousins. They later got bail.
After the wedding, Pradeep and Shubda surrendered to the police. While Pradeep got bail, she was sent to the Dongri remand home because she told the court that she did not want to live with her parents.
On April 2010, her custody was given to her parents.
Pradeep, in his petition, said that on May 8, Shubda’s friend called him and said that his wife’s mental condition was not good and her parents were harassing her.
“She [the friend] said Shubda’s health was worsening by the day and if he didn’t come and get her, she would commit suicide,” the petition said.