A 16-YEAR-OLD girl from Warje-Malwadi realised the perils of blindly falling in love after the 22-year-old man she had run away with dumped her upon being spotted by the police.
According to officials from the Warje-Malwadi police station, Shrikant Bhimao Davre deserted the girl in the holy town of Pandharpur after seeing the police, who were looking for the two following a complaint by the girl's relatives.
The police said Davre was a regular visitor at the girl's home over the past few years. They said the two began an affair a while ago and were planning to get married as soon as possible. The girl is a first-year junior college student at the Mamasaheb Mohol Vidyalay. The police said on the morning of October 24 she had gone to a tailor to pick up some clothes when she met Davre there.
"The man talked the girl into eloping with him and promised to marry her, and the girl readily agreed. He first said they would go to his sister's place in Hadapsar but then took her to Solapur, Ahmednagar, Nashik and back to Solapur over a period of four days," said a police official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
When the girl's parents and relatives got wind of the development, they kept calling the accused but did not succeed in tracing the two. The police said Davre always kept the girl in the dark about their next move.
Finally, the relatives found out the two were in Pandharpur and approached the police, who sent a two-man team to the holy city along with the girl's younger brother. When the team spotted the two in a busy street, Davre fled the spot, deserting the girl. The girl was reportedly in a dazed state of mind and was brought to her aunt's place in Mumbai.
Police Sub-Inspector A K Jarkad said Davre did not have a steady job and earned his living doing menial work.
"We still haven't traced him, but we will catch him soon," Jarkad said.