Talk about life imitating art. Or in this case, a Marathi movie. Inspired by the movie Sairat, a 16-year-old girl tried to elope with her 20-year-old boyfriend and her 14-year-old best friend to Uttar Pradesh, but she was traced by police officials and rescued from the state’s Basti district.
The girl watched Sairat (above) on May 27, and pressured her boyfriend into fleeing from Mumbai on the same day. File pic
The girl’s inspiration to elope came after she watched Sairat on May 27 at Thakur Mall, Borivli. The movie is about a teenage couple; the boy belongs to a lower caste and the girl is the daughter of a rich, upper-caste landlord. Their love is discovered and since society has a dislike for such couplings, the duo elopes and is eventually killed.
After watching the movie, the 16-year-old felt like this was going to be her fate with her 20-year-old boyfriend — who works at a local butcher’s shop. So, she called him up and asked him to elope with her saying she’d kill herself otherwise. When the boy refused, the girl pressured him to leave the city.
Her 14-year-old best friend, inspired by the couple’s friends in the movie also wanted to help and agreed to flee as well.
The trio left for UP on the same day. Unaware of their plans, the family members of the girls were deeply worried after they didn’t return home from the movie. They approached the Kasturba Marg police to lodge a complaint. Soon, the cops swung into action and got to know that a 20-year-old boy from the locality had gone missing the same day.
They then started tracing the couple’s mobile phones and found out that they were on a train to UP. The cops inquired if the boy belonged to a town or village in there and found that he was from Basti. Policemen hopped onto a train to UP and found the girls from the boy’s home on Sunday.
During questioning, the girl told the police that she eloped because she feared her father would kill her and her boyfriend if he got to know about their relationship, just like the lead actress’ father does in the movie.
“In this case as both the girls are minors, they have been sent to a correction home. The youth has been arrested under Sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 4 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. He was produced before a court and remanded in police custody,” said an official from Kasturba Marg police station.