Man convicted after 14 years for abducting wife

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Muzaffarnagar, Jan 16 (PTI) A man has been sentenced tofour-year imprisonment, fourteen years after abducting awoman, who later became his wife.

Additional district sessions Judge Nasir Ahmed alsoimposed a fine of Rs 7,000 on the accused, Sunil after holdinghim guilty under section 363 (kidnapping) and section 366(abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage) of IPChere yesterday, they said.

Thirteen-year-old Afsana had eloped with Sunil fromvillage Sari Rasulpur on June 3, 1997, after which a case wasfiled by the girl''s brother against Sunil, prosecution said.

Rejecting the plea of the defence that the girl hadwillingly married the boy, the court ruled that the girl wasminor at the time of the incident and her wishes could not beconsidered, they said.

The couple have been living together since 1997 and havethree children.

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