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delhi-high-courtThe Delhi High Court today directed police to ensure protection of a 22-year-old girl, who entered into a inter-caste marriage against the wishes of her parents, as her husband expressed apprehension of “honour killing”.

A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and G P Mittal also asked police to produce the girl before it on a plea of her 21-year-old husband, who alleged that his in-laws have kept his wife captive soon after their wedding on May 6.

The court has directed Delhi government standing counsel to ensure the presence of the girl and her parents on May 27.

The bench also directed the SHO concerned of Sangam Vihar Police Station here, to look into the matter and investigate the issue.

The boy, a final year student, approached the court through his counsel Pranaynath Jha, alleging that his wife was missing since May 9 and sought that her parents be restrained from interfering in their married life.

He said both of them lived in the same locality since childhood and fell in love and decided to get married on attaining majority.

Their marriage was solemnised in presence of witnesses. When the couple went to the girl’s parents to seek their blessings they asked the groom to come the next day as they wished to perform some rituals, the petition said.

The next day when he went to bring back his wife, her parents asked him to forget her and also threatened him that if he does not return the marriage certificate and photos, they will kill his wife in the name of honour as she belonged to a different caste, it added.

They also threatened him that they will implicate him and his family in a false case, he said, adding that he tried to lodge an FIR but police refused to do so.

(Source: PTI)

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