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The woman is presently in the custody of Rajasthan police. She was reportedly kept captive in Gujarat by her relatives since July following opposition to her marriage with the petitioner in June.

The Bombay High Court directed Rajasthan police to produce a Muslim woman following her Hindu husband’s plea to contact her. The woman is presently in the custody of Rajasthan police. She was reportedly kept captive in Gujarat by her relatives since July following opposition to her marriage with the petitioner in June. She was also forcefully remarried later.

When the petitioner found out about her whereabouts, he filed an FIR against his wife’s brother and brother-in-law in Ambernath where he currently lives. The complaint was then transferred to the Rajasthan Superintendent of Police. Thereafter, the SP directed Rani Police Station in Rajasthan to look into the matter. The girl was rescued with the help of Gujarat police and handed over to Rajasthan police.

The petioner filed a habeas corpus petition in HC alleging that his wife was being forcibly and wrongly detained by her relatives. Justice Ranjit More has now summoned the Rajasthan SP and directed that the woman be produced before the court on the next date of hearing on Monday.

According to the petitioner’s plea, he works as a technician in Ambernath and had eloped with the Muslim woman from their village in Rajasthan to Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh in June. Once in Ujjain, she converted to Hinduism, and the couple got married in a temple as per Hindu rites.

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The petition alleged that the two were picked up by Rani police at the behest of the wife’s brother. She was then forcibly taken away by her family members. The couple tried to elope to Mumbai again, but the woman’s family got to know of this and assured that they would get them married in two months. The petioner then went back to Mumbai. He,however, failed to establish any contact with her thereafter.

In October, his wife managed to call him from an unknown number informing him that she was kept at some unknown location in Gujarat. She also informed him that she was pregnant with his child and her parents had forcibly married her to a Muslim man. In his plea, the petitioner urged the HC to intervene in the matter saying that since both he and his wife were majors, they must be allowed to live together.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

First published on: 23-11-2015 at 05:15:33 am
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