The Delhi High Court has criticised the Delhi police for forcefully separating an interfaith couple. The case involved a Muslim woman and a Hindu man, both of legal age, who got married of their own will.
The bench of justice S Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel has demanded an explanation from Delhi Police over allegations that they kept the husband in police lock-up from July 3 to 5 without presenting him in court, reported TOI.
The couple, who got married in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, on June 28, lived at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in New Delhi, which was the man’s residence.
On July 3, at around 8 pm, the woman was forcibly taken away by policemen, accompanied by JNU security personnel and others in civilian clothes.
The man was taken to Loni police station in Ghaziabad where he was locked up for three days.
The man has accused the police of beating and abusing him while he was kept there. He alleged that the police personnel said a false rape case against him will be lodged if he tried to contact or reunite with his wife.
The police action came after the woman’s brother filed a complaint at the Loni police station saying that his sister was missing
Court demands answers
The man had filed a habeas corpus, searching about his wife’s whereabouts. The court order came during the hearing of this case.
The court has now asked the police to explain as to why they acted on the complaint when they knew that the woman was an adult who could make her own decisions.
The bench met the young woman in the chamber, who told them that it was her choice to get married and that the marriage was registered at Ghaziabad.
The court has also provided security to the couple and their family to ensure smooth investigation.
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The bench also gave permission to the woman to reunite with her husband, who was also present in the courtroom.
The next hearing will take place on August 7.
Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv