A 19-year-old Muslim woman, who had gone missing in Auraiya, along with a Hindu youth in October, has returned home and denied the speculation that she had been abducted. The Muslim family had presumed it was a case of kidnapping and forced marriage, police said.
The Muslim woman told the police that she had left her parents on her own and got married to the 20-year-old Hindu youth, who ran a cellphone shop, last month at an Arya Samaj temple in Delhi, said sub-inspector of Ayana police station Devi Sahay Verma.
However, in her statement recorded before the magistrate, the woman said she would live with the man only if he converted to Islam.
“In her statement before the magistrate, she said she had gone on her own. She said that if the youth converts to Islam, she is ready to go with him otherwise she will live with her parents,” said Additional Superintendent of Police, Auraiya, Kamlesh Kumar Dixit.
The police officer said the muslim woman, who showed up at a police station in Auraiya along with her partner on 4 january, returned to her parents on 6 January.
Sub-inspector Devi Sahay said the Muslim woman’s brother approached the police on 12 October, alleging that his sister had been abducted by the Hindu man the previous day. He complained that his sister had taken away Rs 80,000 cash and jewellery along with her at the behest of the man. Following this, an FIR was lodged under IPC Section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage).
Meanwhile, the police have said that the couple got married at a temple in accordance with Arya Samaj rituals on October 14 in Delhi. The couple has submitted a marriage certificate issued by the temple at the Ayana police station.
With the woman denying that she had been abducted, Auraiya SP Aparna Gautam said the police will now examine her statement to the magistrate before deciding on the next course of action in the case.