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‘Rescued’ minor girl refuses to go with parents,sent to shelter

Hours after she was brought to Faridkot from Goa,a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly “kidnapped” on September 24,refused to go with her parents claiming that she wants to live with her “husband” Nishan Singh,the 19-year-old youth accused of abducting her at gunpoint.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published: October 24, 2012 1:02 am

Hours after she was brought to Faridkot from Goa,a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly “kidnapped” on September 24,refused to go with her parents claiming that she wants to live with her “husband” Nishan Singh,the 19-year-old youth accused of abducting her at gunpoint.

The girl,who was produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajnish Kumar,also refused to go undergo a medical test citing the same reason.

The court later directed her to be taken to a Nari Niketan,a shelter home for women,in Jalandhar as being a minor she cannot be allowed to live with the her “husband” or his family.

The girl’s statement stunned the parents who were expecting to get the custody of the Class X student after she was brought to Faridkot this morning from Goa via Delhi along with Nishan Singh. Family sources said that when the court started recording here statement,she first expressed willingness to go with her parents,but later back-tracked.

The court proceedings were held under camera in the presence of her parents for one-and-a-half hour even as tight security arrangements were made outside the court owing to recent protests by various bodies,including the Congress.

However,the police did not produce Nishan Singh in the court. Prime accused in the case,Nishan is in transit police remand till October 25.

Meanwhile,Faridkot Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Toor said that the police will arrest the two remaining accused – Navjot Kaur and Dimpy Samra – at the earliest. Fifteen of the 17 accused in the case have already been arrested.

‘Why is CM staying away from Faridkot’

The Congress on Tuesday questioned Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s reluctance to visit Faridkot and meet the parents of the rescued girl. “If Army Chief in Pakistan can visit the parents of a minor girl Malala within 48 hrs of an attempt on her life by the Taliban,what has prevented Badal in contacting and consoling the family whose minor daughter was abducted at gun point by history-sheeters,” Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Sunil Jakhar asked.

Nari Niketan doesn’t want her?

Jalandhar: The officials at Nari Niketan in Jalandhar,where the 16-year-old ‘rescued’ minor girl was shifted on a local court’s orders after she refused to go with her parents,are unwilling to give her shelter owing to the non-clarity on her medical status.

General secretary of the Nari Niketan,Anjana Talwar,said that the girl will be soon shifted to the State Protective Home in the district. Citing the reason for not giving shelter to the minor girl,she said that the Nari Niketan was only meant for orphans and destitute girls.

Earlier,the girl was brought to the shelter home situated on Nakodar Road at 4pm under tight security. Though they took her in for the time being,the Niketan officials told the police that they must know the medical status of the girl to avoid any controversy in future. The girl has refused medical examination saying that she is married to her alleged abductor Nishan Singh.

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