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Dowry case takes shock turn, cops find couple are minors

What makes it odder is the fact that the young parents were minor schoolchildren.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 29, 2014 3:25:58 am

They fell in love, started living with his parents two years ago, and she gave birth to a baby girl, who is now 10-months-old. Sounds like one of those odd urban love stories. What makes it odder is the fact that the young parents were minor schoolchildren.

Their unusual story came out into the open when the 16-year-old girl lodged a complaint with the police on Tuesday, alleging that the boy’s family was threatening to kill her if she did not bring dowry. On Wednesday, police arrested the boy, who turned 18 two months back, as a preventive measure and sent him to jail. The girl, along with her infant daughter, has moved into Mother Teresa’s Home in Sector 23.

“In the baby’s birth certificate, the boy is mentioned  as the father and the girl as the wife. However, they do not have any proof of marriage. We have sent the case to the district attorney for legal opinion and also to the woman and child support unit,” said Inspector Anokh Singh, SHO of Sector 26 police station, on Wednesday.

The SHO said that the girl’s parents had disowned her and they refused to join the investigation. “The boy’s parents cried and said that they wanted to take the girl and her daughter home, but she does not want to live with them,” he said. Both the boy and the girl studied in convent schools in the EWS quota when they fell in love. The girl, the eldest of five siblings, was then 14 while the boy, who is the only child of his parents, was 16. The girl’s father works in a private firm, the boy’s father is a fruit vendor.

The girl’s father told Newsline, “She left home to live with this boy. We tried to bring her back, we wanted her to study, but she said that she wanted to marry him. The boy is not of our community, so we refused. I found a match for her and asked her to come back, but she said that she wanted no relations with us.”

“After she delivered her baby, she came to us, but we did not accept her,” added the girl’s father. Some time ago, the schools turned out both of them after getting to know their story. Both took admission in government schools, the girl in Class VIII and the boy in Class X.

However, the girl could not keep up with her studies. When a teacher asked her about her problem, she narrated her story. The teacher, in turn, informed the principal  who informed the Social Welfare Depatment, which arranged to shift her to Mother Teresa’s Home on Tuesday. Next, the girl lodged a complaint with the police.

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