The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice of motion to the Punjab government on a petition filed by the parents of the 15-year-old victim in the Faridkot abduction-and-rape case, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the FIR registered on September 24 against key accused Nishan Singh (19).
The notice was issued by the bench headed by justice Jitendra Chauhan on Wednesday when the court was apprised of the details of various FIRs registered against Nishan in the past.
However, Nishan moved a petition before the high court on Wednesday, accepting the girl (victim) as his "legally wedded wife" and carrying his child in her womb. He told the court that they had solemnised marriage on June 25, when the girl first left her house. He submitted that till date the factum of his marriage with the girl had not been investigated and he was being prosecuted under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), though the girl had refused to get her statement recorded.
In his petition, Nishan submitted that he and the girl were in love, but her parents objected to the relationship on the ground that he was not of their caste and choice. When they tried to persuade the girl's parents to agree to their engagement, the parents started harassing the girl. It was then that she left her house and they got married on June 25, after which they started residing at Shiv Jot Colony, Kharar, in SAS Nagar district, till the police took the girl in their custody. On September 24 the girl again left her house and they started residing in Goa till they were arrested on October 21, Nishan submitted.
Nishan had moved the high court, seeking quashing of Faridkot chief judicial magistrate's (CJM's) order dated November 16, vide which the CJM, on considering the girl's parents' petition, had passed orders to produce the girl on November 21 in the court for recording of her statement. He submitted that he had already filed the petition before the girl's parents approached the court for restraining anyone from aborting her pregnancy and to allow him to meet the girl.
The case would now come up for hearing on December 3.
Twists and turns
The victim, a Class-10 student, was allegedly abducted at gunpoint by Nishan Singh, a resident of New Harindra Nagar, Faridkot, and his three accomplices from her Faridkot house on September 24. When her parents tried to intervene, they were thrashed by the accused.
The FIR was registered against Nishan that day at the Faridkot police station. Later, the Punjab police had arrested Nishan and rescued the victim from Baga beach in Goa on October 21. The victim has been staying at Nari Niketan, Jalandhar, since October 23.