Police directed not to slap cases against runaway young couples

January 22nd, 2009 - 9:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) In a breather for young couples fleeing home to get married, the Delhi Police commissioner has issued guidelines that no case should be registered against them immediately if they provide proof that they are of marriageable age.In the standing order, issued on the Delhi High Court’s directive, police chief Y.S. Dadwal clearly stated: “In case where the information regarding proof of marriage and age has been received at the police station, in such case, firstly they shall not register the case. If registered, immediately they shall provide protection to the married persons and shall take steps for cancellation of the First Information Report (FIR).”

The guidelines came in the wake of the high court’s direction in a case of 2008 in which Mana Begum married Wasim Khan, but on the statement of Mana’s father the police registered a case of kidnapping against Wasim.

Mana’s father in his complaint claimed that his daughter was a minor. On gthis complaint, the police registered a case.

Mana, however, produced her marriage certificate and also her age proof by submitting her bone age X-ray.

In her petition, Mana told the court that since her father was against the marriage, he made a false complaint against her husband. She pleaded with the court to quash the FIR.

The court also directed the police not to adopt any delaying tactics and in future couples like these should not be forced to live in trauma or fear from any quarter.

Dadwal also asked all additional commissioners of police to look into every case of the kidnapping of young girls and directed the district deputy commissioner of police for constant monitoring.

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