A month ago, a 21-year-old-girl left her home and married 25-year-old Mohammad Javed in Delhi. After a brief affair, the girl was allegedly converted to Islam.
Now, Uttar Pradesh’s Etah police have booked her husband’s entire family under the new anti-conversion law and sent six of them to jail.
Along with Javed, 10 more members of his family, including three women, were booked at Jalesar police station last week. Meanwhile, those who were arrested on Saturday and Sunday are the distant relatives, and police claimed that “they were in contact with the accused.”
However, Javed and his four close relatives are yet to be arrested and police now have announced a reward of Rs 25,000 on the capture of each of the five missing accused.
When Javed’s lawyer from Delhi purportedly informed the girl’s father about the women’s conversion of her faith and the subsequent marriage in a court, an FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint which was filed by the girl’s father on Thursday.
DSP Ram Niwas Singh said that the FIR was registered against Javed and his family members under IPC section 366, which stands for kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc. And also under the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religious Ordinance. He also added that a total of six persons have been arrested so far.
Police said that the woman had been “missing” since November 17, however, her family members did not approach police till Thursday.
Owner of a cloth shop, Javed lived close to the woman’s house in Etah. According to SHO Krishna Pal Singh, the ones arrested are relatives of Javed and that during the probe, they were found to be involved in the entire matter. He also added that they had been in regular contact with the main accused.
For now, all of them have been sent to jail on court orders and Javed and the other four absconding will be arrested soon, said Singh.
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