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Police Must Assess Victim’s Age In Kidnapping Cases So That No One Is Harassed If Major Girl Has Taken Decision Freely: Allahabad HC

[12 April 2022] The Allahabad High Court has observed that while investigating Kidnapping cases, the police authorities must first assess the age of the victim girl so that in case it is found that she is major and has taken any step for her life, then no one should be unnecessarily put to any harassment.
The bench of Justice Arvind Kumar Mishra-I and Justice Manish Mathur observed thus while dealing with the case of a young-major married couple who sought protection from the court as they submitted that the father of the girl had lodged a ‘fake’ Kidnapping case against the boy (petitioner no. 2) even though they had gotten married out of their free will. They also brought on record the copy of the marriage certificate issued by Arya Samaj on March 9, 2022, and their High School mark sheets.
Thus, the Court accordingly disposed of the order.

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