A married woman was dragged and badly assaulted outside the civil court premises here on Tuesday.
Aparajita, an MBA student of a Ghaziabad-based college, has lodged a case with Pirbahore police station, charging her parents and some relatives with assaulting her.
The woman, who hails from Hanuman Nagar locality here, told police that the incident took place when she and her husband Avinash Kumar, a resident of Malahi Pakri, had gone to the court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) to record their statement under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
“As soon as we reached the gate of the CJM court, more than 25 people suddenly caught me by hair, dragged me for some distance, tore my clothes and started assaulting me. While policemen present there remained mute spectators, some court officers came to my rescue,” she added.
“We had met senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj on Monday and sought police protection. Yet, the incident occurred in presence of policemen,” she said.
Aparajita said, “I have lodged a case against my father Arvind Kumar, an engineer posted at Dhanbad, mother Usha Devi, uncles Rajiv Kumar and Sanjiv, apart from relatives Kalpana, Rekha and Menaka Kumari in connection with the incident.”
She said her father had lodged a case on January 27 with Kankarbagh police station, accusing Avinash of kidnapping her. “I had married Avinash on January 25 and also informed the family about it,” the woman added.
“After having come to know about the false kidnapping case, I sent photographs of our marriage to Kankarbagh police station SHO Vijay Kumar Mishra.
Meanwhile, my family members were putting pressure on me to leave Avinash. When I did not agree to marry the person of their choice, they got enraged and attacked me,” she said. The Patna SSP said, “The couple had come to my office and I asked them not to visit court without police protection. However, they went to the court without informing the police. We are investigating the matter.”