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Police asked to provide security to couple: Marriage against parents’ will

MULTAN, May 18 2006: The Lahore High Court’s Multan bench directed police on May 17 to ensure security of a girl, who embraced Islam and has been living in the district after marrying a Muslim man against the will of her Hindu parents. Justice Saeed Akhtar of the LHC Multan bench passed the orders on the petition, filed by Neelam Ladhani, who had alleged that her bureaucrat father Misri Ladhani had been hurling life threats at her and her spouse Amjad Shahzad, through her counsel advocate Balkh Sher Khoso.

A senior official in the income tax department posted in Karachi, Mr Ladhani was also present in court. He pleaded that his daughter seemed to be under pressure and that was why he wanted to meet her separately to know her free will. The court directed Neelam to meet her father in isolation. She followed the direction after a bit of reluctance and insistence by the court.

After the meeting which spanned about an hour, the girl remained stuck to her point and reiterated her stance before the court that she wanted to live with her husband. At this, the court permitted her to exercise her will. On the matter of the couple’s security, the court had summoned the Multan district police officer. The DPO told the court that the couple had not informed the police as to where they were residing in Multan and how the police could ensure their security when it did not know about their whereabouts.

The DPO assured the court that the area police station in-charge would daily pay visit to the couple to ensure their security if Neelam and her spouse gave them their proper address. The court directed the couple to do what the police wanted to ensure their security.
Source: Dawn
Date:5/18/2006