Last week’s matrimonial drama inside Karkardooma court in which a 19-year old Muslim woman was “abducted” by her family to separate her from her Hindu husband, took a new turn on Thursday with the woman filing a complaint against the husband.
The teenager filed a fresh complaint before chief metropolitan magistrate Savitri. “We have accused the man of criminal conspiracy…the magistrate has agreed to put up the matter for consideration on 13 April,” her counsel said.
The move comes after the woman recorded her statement before a metropolitan magistrate Mayuri Singh on Wednesday. “The court has granted the custody of the girl to her parents after she recorder her statement, following which we filed the complaint against the man,” the counsel added.
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Speaking to Newsline, the husband said, “I am absolutely clueless what is happening. My lawyers are guiding me. All I know is that we love each other. She is under pressure. My wife is pregnant and I am only praying that she stays healthy. I will fight the legal battle.”
Newsline first reported the incident on March 27 when the woman, a Muslim who converted to get married to the Hindu man, had come to the court to make sure her parents did not harm them. CMM Savitri, while expressing concern that the woman may become a victim of honour killing, had directed police to trace her and ensure the couple’s safety after the abduction took place inside the court premises.
The recording of the statement by the woman did not, however, take place smoothly. After her first appearance, the court sent her to a shelter home for a day. “I have had an occasion to interact with her for about 15 minutes. In my opinion, she is not in a position to depose voluntarily and independently today. Hence, she is ordered to be sent to a shelter home and be produced tomorrow,” the CMM Savitri noted on Tuesday.
However, a day later, the husband opposed the recording of the statement on the ground that the woman remained in the custody of her parents for a period of four days. “She requires counselling and is not in a proper frame of mind to get her statement recorded and is under pressure and the undue influence of her parents,” the mans’s counsel told the court.