Court hands over custody to numberdar, asks medical board to ascertain age
Srinagar: A court in Srinagar has handed over the custody of a girl from Bihar to the numberdar of Kokernag village, after she alleged that she was married off to a man from Kokernag without her consent, by her own aunt.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate also directed Superintendent SMHS hospital to set up a medical board to ascertain the age of the girl who claims to be a minor.
According to the victim, her aunt Jameela, who lives in Kokernag married her off to a man in Kokernag discreetly.
“I was brought by my aunt Jameela from Bihar in January 2017 on pretext of vacations but on 26 January 2017 I was made to sign some papers and later on they told me that I have been married to Mushtaq Ahmed Hajam,” the girl said.
Not knowing if her parents knew about the marriage, the victim, also alleged that Mushtaq and his brothers committed “unnatural acts” with her.
“I don’t know how the marriage took place. It was a fake marriage which happened by cheating,” she said.
“I am not married to this man. He is torturing me. I want to go home. Please send me back home.”
Mushtaq, a labourer in his 40’s, had moved along with the girl to Khanyar locality of Srinagar few months back where they stayed in a rented room. However, the girl seized the opportunity to escape and survived on begging at Hazratbal.
Mushtaq filed a police complaint to recover her.
On December 23, the girl appeared in the court, along-with her counsel Javed Iqbal, who pleaded before court that proceedings be initiated against Mushtaq for outraging modesty of the minor girl and for torturing her.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Aijaz Ahmed Khan then directed SHO Women’s Wing Rambagh Police station to investigate the matter and submit a report on 26 December 2017.
The SHO stated in her report that proper marriage has taken place with Nikahnama on record and also that witnesses have deposed their statements that the girl is legally wedded wife of Mushtaq Ahmed Hajam.
However the girl’s counsel pleaded that the girl was a minor, so the marriage was null and void.
On this the court directed the setting up of medical board to ascertain her age.
It also asked District Legal Service Authority to seek the appearance of the parents of the girl before this court on next hearing.