Monday, November 29, 1999

Family, advocate, police under scanner for threatening girl

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New Delhi, June 18 (PTI) A Delhi court has sought a probe into the role of a girl''s family members, an advocate and a police officer for allegedly extending threat to her for marrying her boyfriend against the wishes of her family. Vacation Judge Kamini Lau expressed concern over the role of the advocate who allegedly advised her parents to kill her for the sake of family''s honour. "What has shocked me the most is the fact that in her statement made today the girl, who is prima facie a major as on date, not only alleged that her life is in danger. It is alleged that this lawyer had advised her parents to kill her as she had given a bad name to their family," the court said. The court had earlier directed the police to trace the girl who had gone missing a few days after marrying her boyfriend even though she was in the custody of her parents. Chanchal Sharma, who herself appeared before the court along with her husband Gaurav Sharma, today made the allegations against the Investigating Officer (IO), the lawyer and her parents. The matter also came up before Delhi High Court''s Vacation Bench of Justice S N Dhingra as a reference was made by the trial court to it. The High Court directed the police to produce the girl before it on June 21 if they are not able to trace her till June 19 as directed by the trial court. During the proceedings before the trial court, the girl alleged the IO had threatened her that she would be sent to jail if she did not go to her parents'' place. "This deadly combination of the men in uniform i.e. police and advocate is a matter of serious concern for the society," the court said. "Recently, there has been a spate of cases where young couples who eloped and married against the wishes of their families, have been brutally killed. Such acts and tendencies can neither be glorified nor encouraged, being against the norms of any civilized society and under no circumstances, those who are responsible for implementation of laws can be permitted to be a party to the same," the court added.

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