A 17-year-old girl from Gajuwaka ran away from her home to avoid marriage with her 42-year-old uncle and on Wednesday the III Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P. Dattatreyulu directed that she would stay with the Women India Association till September 30.

The girl’s custody was sought by advocates Talluri Suguna who heads the Women India Association and the president of Forum for Legal Professionals and the III ACCM after making inquiries and when APP M. Adinarayana endorsed the advocates’ request, the judge directed the Gajuwaka police to hand over the custody of the girl to the organisation. The girl from a well-to-do family and studying Intermediate in a corporate college told the magistrate that she would not go to her mother.

According to information gathered about the incident, the girl’s plight was pitiable as her widowed mother tried to marry her off to one of her cousins, M. Ashok, who lives in the US so that the wealth of the family would not go to someone else. The mother’s cousin reportedly married an American woman to continue his stay in the US and also secured a green card. He is reportedly planning to take the girl and her mother to the US after marrying the girl. The mother’s passport was ready but the girl refused to sign on the passport application form.

The girl came out of her mother’s house with the help of some relatives on August 21 but her mother filed a case against one of the relatives that he had kidnapped her daughter. However, the girl in her statement recorded under Sec. 164 in the presence of a magistrate said that she had left her house on her own. The girl approached the Commissioner of Police B. Shivadhar Reddy on September 11, who directed her to give a statement at the Gajuwaka PS on the next day and when the police approached the Gajuwaka court on September 13 for directions, the court told WIA to keep her till September 18. When WAI took her to the court on Wednesday and sought an order for her protection, the magistrate directed the police to allow her to stay with the organisation till September 30.