Honour kidnapping in Delhi High Court

A 20-year-old woman, who had filed a petition claiming she and her husband were in danger from her family, was abducted by her parents from inside the court premises on Tuesday

In the name of honour, a 20-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by her family members from inside the premises of Delhi High Court on Tuesday at around 2 pm. Vinay, the woman's husband, alleged that Soni Singh has been kidnapped by her parents who had earlier threatened to kill them. The woman had filed a petition in Delhi High Court seeking police protection and had come for the hearing when she was abducted.

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An FIR in this respect has been lodged at Tilak Marg police station under section 364 (kidnapping or abduction in order to murder) against the family members of the victim. The woman has been missing since the incident while the police are yet to take any action.

Parent trap: Soni

Husband Vinay. File pics

A police official said that Vinay, the complainant, works as an accountant at a firm in Nirman Vihar area and lives in Ghonda colony in north east Delhi. Soni was a neighbour. They had known each other for years. Their friendship turned into love and they decided to get married. But the woman's relatives were against this. They even threatened them. But the couple got married secretly at an Arya Samaj temple. They then started living together.

When the woman's family found out about the marriage, they called up the couple and threatened to kill them in the name of honour. Vinay and Soni approached the local police and lodged a complaint. The woman also filed a petition with Delhi High Court.

Soni's family didn't attend the first two hearings. On November 22 it was the third hearing of the matter. Around five to six persons from the girl family had come. According to Vinay, they spoke with him politely.

"Then on the pretext of having tea they took my wife outside. They then forcibly pushed her into an auto-rickshaw. I then called up the police and got an FIR registered. She is still missing, I am scared that her family might kill him in the name of honour," said Vinay. Cops said they are looking into the matter and a search is on to find Soni.

Where's the honour?
A murder case has been registered against a man and his two brothers for allegedly killing a youth, who had eloped with his daughter, in Bopada village of UP's Muzaffarnagar district, police said. 22-year-old Niraj and the man's daughter eloped last month. On November 5, the girl returned to her parents but the youth went missing. He was later found hanging from a tree on November 11. The victim's father claimed it was an honour killing case and lodged an FIR against four members of the girl's family following which a murder case was registered against her father and two uncles, police said.
The accused are absconding, they said.

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