High Court comes to the rescue of lovers

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Mumbai, Jan 17 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today intervened to reunite a Gujarati girl with her Muslim husband, both of whom were separated allegedly at the behest of a former VHP leader Babu Bajrangi.

Twenty three-year-old Chaitali from Thane had eloped with her fiance Naeem Ansari, also from Thane, on May 28 last year. She had adopted Islam two days later, assumed the name of Zeenat, and married Naeem on the same day.

Few days later, however, it was the Gujarat police which knocked on the doors of Naeem's house in Thane, stating that a complaint had been lodged against Chaitali by her own grandmother at Raper in Gujarat. The grandmother had alleged that Chaitali had committed a theft in her house.

The police took away Chaitali, now Zeenat, to Raper where she was produced before a local court. The court remanded Chaitali in judicial custody.

But, Chaitali's father managed to secure bail for her while contending before the court that a false complaint had been lodged against his daughter at the behest of erstwhile VHP leader Babu Bajrangi, who was opposed to Gujarati girls marrying out of community.

After her release on bail, Chaitali was kept by her parents in their house.

Naeem had moved the high court contending that his wife Zeenat had been detained by her family members and sought her to be produced before court.

During the course of hearing today, Zeenat revealed her willingness to join her husband. She also informed a division bench comprising Justices R M S Khandeparkar and Amjad Sayyad that her family members had forcibly taken her signature on an affidavit filed before the court.

The high court today directed that Chaitali should be sent to the Asha Sadan at Dongri here to allow her to take a final decision in the matter. Zeenat has been given time till Monday to convey her final decision.


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