NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Saturday directed the Delhi police to provide protection to a young couple who have taken shelter in a hostel at Hauz Khas here after eloping from Jammu and Kashmir and then getting married at an Arya Samaj temple in North Delhi.
Justice G. S. Sistani passed the direction on a joint petition by the couple, Khem Raj and Anjum Hussain alias Bhavani.
Mr. Justice Sistani directed the Station House Officer of the Hauz Khas police station to provide protection to the couple and see to it that they are not removed from the territorial jurisdiction of the Delhi High Court.
The SHO, who was present in the Court, submitted that the police had already provided protection to the couple and would continue to do so.
A Delhi court on Friday had directed the SHO to provide protection to the couple when the girl approached it accusing Jammu and Kashmir police personnel and her relatives of assaulting her and former National Commission of Women chairperson Mohini Giri. Ms. Giri runs the hostel where the couple are staying at present.
The couple through their counsel submitted before the High Court that there was a threat to their life. They also informed it that they for now wanted to reside in the territorial jurisdiction of the High Court.
The girl, who was present in the Court, said in her submission that she had married Khem Raj of her own will and wanted to stay in Delhi as there was a threat to her life.
Allowing the couple’s pleas, the Court also issued notices to the Jammu and Kashmir police and the parents of the girl asking them to file replies to the petition by April 2.
The girl belonged to the Muslim community. She converted to Hindu religion at the Arya Samaj temple before marrying Khem Raj.