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New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), in yet another case, has found how the lack of professionalism on part of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police resulted in human rights violation of a newlywed couple in district Balrampur. Even after the orders of a court, it did not close a case of love marriage but added section 376 of Indian Penal Code(IPC) to it and arrested the boy and his father violating all norms.  The Court had found both the boy and the girl of major age and allowed the girl to live with her husband.

Not only this, in response to the notices of the Commission, the  SP, Balrampur, failed to give a clear chain of incidents having unity of time, action and place involving the couple’s marriage and action taken on another FIR registered by the girl alleging sexual assault by a Sub Inspector, when she along with her husband was detained at a police station from August 12 to 14,  2014, following a complaint by her father, according to an NHRC release .

These findings came to the knowledge of the Commission during the course of an inquiry in a case registered by it in  2014 on the basis of a complaint by a human rights activist alleging human rights violation of a newlywed couple.

Taking a serious exception to the functioning of the police, the Commission has now asked the SP, Balrampur, to appear in person before it on September 27, 2016, along with the Investigating Officer of the case.  They have been asked to present complete files pertaining to the case.

Balrampur SP has also been directed to come with the explanation that when the victim in her statement u/s 164 CrPC. had stated that she was 20 years of age (and her medical examination indicated that she was 19 years of age), and that she had gone with the young man on her own and had married him, then how the section 376 was added to the case. Laliya and her husband and his father were arrested in the said case.

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