Elopement case: HC asks police to verify age of girl after counter claims

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi Police to verify the age of a girl,who her parents alleged had been kidnapped in April

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:August 7, 2013 12:10 am

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi Police to verify the age of a girl,who her parents alleged had been kidnapped in April. The order was passed after the accused filed a habeas corpus writ,saying that the girl is 20 years old and his wife. Her parents,however,claim that she is only 13.

The girl had eloped from her home in April,following which her parents had lodged a complaint. In July,it was found that she had been sent to a shelter home in Lajpat Nagar by the Child Welfare Committee after she refused to return to her parents.

Mohd Nazir Khan approached the Delhi High Court in a writ of habeas corpus claiming that he had married the girl as per Muslim rites. He claimed that the girl was born in 1992,and was over 20 years old. He claimed that the girl’s family had filed a case against him because they were opposed to their marriage.

The girl’s father told the court said she was born in 2000,and would present her birth certificate,passport and Aadhar Card to prove the same. Nazir submitted her school certificate as proof of age.

A status report filed by the Delhi Police,stated that the Registrar of Births and Deaths at the MCD showed that the girl was born in September 1992. The girl alleged that her parents had forged the birth certificate of her sister,who was born in 2000 but was now dead,to make false documents as both sisters had similar names. In court too,the girl said she was a major and had married Nazir willingly.

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