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Delhi HC asks police to provide security to couple

The Delhi High Court has directed the city police to provide protection to a couple who apprehended threat to their lives from the girl`s parents as they got married against their wish.



New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed
the city police to provide protection to a couple who
apprehended threat to their lives from the girl`s parents as
they got married against their wish.

"When the girl or the boy makes a complaint of any threat
or harassment at the hands of their parents, the police shall
give them protection immediately on receipt of the complaint,"
said Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra in an order.

"Since the couple have got married and the girl was above
18 years of age, she shall not be harassed by her parents, her
in-laws or by the police," the court also said.

Justice Dhingra accepted the school leaving certificate
submitted by the girl to prove her age countering her parents
argument that she was a minor at the time of the marriage.

The court was hearing the matter after trial court judge
Kamini Lau sent a letter to the High Court expressing concern
over the role of girl`s family members, an advocate and a
police officer for allegedly extending threat to the couple.

The trial judge took a serious view of the allegation by
the girl Chanchal Sharma that it was a lawyer who had advised
her parents to kill her as she had given a bad name to their
family.

"What has shocked me the most is the fact that in her
statement made today the girl, who is prima facie a major as
on date, not only alleged that her life is in danger... It is
alleged that this lawyer had advised her parents to kill her
as she had given a bad name to their family," the trial judge
had said.

On June 18, the High Court had directed the police to
produce the girl before it on June 21 if they are not able to
trace her till June 19 as directed by the trial court.
Chanchal claimed she was six days above 18 years when she
got married to Gaurav at Arya Samaj temple here on May 18.

Her father Kashi Ram Sharma had lodged an FIR with Vijay
Vihar police station here against Gaurav alleging he had
kidnapped his "minor" daughter with an intent to wrongfully
confine her.

Meanwhile, Gaurav who was arrested following her parents`
complaint, was granted bail by the trial court after
Chanchal`s statement about her age.

PTI

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