The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the Senior Superintendent of Police of Tarn Taran to grant police protection to Swapandeep Kaur,daughter of death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh who has been languishing in the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Pakistan for the last 18 years.
The directions were issued in response to a petition filed by Kaur,who,on September 28 married Sanjay,a Jalandhar resident,against the wishes of their parents. Kaur stated in her petition that she apprehended a threat to her life and liberty from Dalbir Kaur,sister of Sarabjit Singh,who had adopted Swapandeep Kaur and her younger sister.
The couple had earlier approached the High Court on October 1 with Swapandeep expressing fears of being implicated in false cases at the behest of Dalbir Kaur and her other family members. Swapandeeps family was reportedly unhappy since the boy belonged to a Hindu family,but the court had earlier refrained from ordering police protection since the two parties seemed amenable to a compromise. Kaur had received threats on October 1 from her family members as they claimed that the marriage was fake. Kaurs family members had even tried to get Sanjay implicated in a false case of abduction. They had also approached the granthi who had solemnised the marriage of the runaway couple, Advocate D S Sandhu,counsel for Swapandeep Kaur said.
Meanwhile,the counsel appearing for Dalbir Kaur and her family made a statement saying that they would not intervene in the matter and would not cause any harm to the couple.