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Man granted protective bail in 'forced marriage' case
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Man granted protective bail in 'forced marriage' case



The Lahore High Court on Monday granted protective bail to Muhammad Hassaan, who contracted marriage with Sikh girl Jagjeet Kaur, in a case lodged by the girl’s family on charges of alleged abduction.

Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Mushtaq allowed the protective bail to Hassaan till Sept 7 with direction to approach the relevant court in Nankana Sahib district for the relief of pre-arrest bail.

The petitioner appeared before the court along with his counsel Nadeem Sarwar before the judge took up the petition, reported Dawn.

The counsel presented facts of the case before the court saying the case lodged by the girl’s family was false and only to avenge the lawful marriage Kaur contracted with the petitioner on her free will.
 
He said Kaur embraced Islam without any coercion and was given Muslim name Ayesha before nikah (marriage) of the couple was solemnised. He said the bride had already recorded her statement under 164 of Cr.P.C before a judicial magistrate concerned denying the charges of abduction and forced conversion to Islam.

The counsel said the police had been raiding the residence of the petitioner and harassing his family members at the behest of the girl’s family and the local Sikh community.

He asked the court to grant protective bail to the petitioner as he wanted to appear before the court concerned and join the police investigation.

The judge allowed the petition and extended the concession of protective bail to Hassaan till Sept 7.

Meanwhile, Ayesha (19) presently living in Darul Aman could not be presented before a special judicial magistrate due to security reasons.

Her appearance before the magistrate was due on Monday, however, the police did not produce her owing to security concerns. Now, she will be presented before the magistrate after Ashura.
 
 

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