Man moves HC as ‘family holds his wife hostage’

The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Delhi Police to produce before it a 28-year-old woman following a petition from her husband,who claimed that her family has been holding her hostage because they got married against a khap or caste panchayat diktat.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 23, 2012 2:07 am

The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Delhi Police to produce before it a 28-year-old woman following a petition from her husband,who claimed that her family has been holding her hostage because they got married against a khap or caste panchayat diktat.

The 31-year-old man from Ghitorni,near the Gurgaon-Vasant Kunj border in South Delhi,alleged in his petition that he married the woman from neighbouring Sultanpur in September 2008.

But their families were opposed to it because a caste panchayat had barred the residents of Sultanpur from entering into marital relationships with people from Ghitorni,he claimed.

He said he was compelled to approach the court because the woman’s family refused to accept their marriage,snatched their wedding certificate and confined her to their house. They have now decided to forcibly marry her off with somebody else,he alleged.

Admitting his habeas corpus petition,a Bench asked police to bring her to court on June 25.

The man has also alleged that he has been receiving threatening calls.

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