Woman appeals to court to dismiss kidnapping case against spouse -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Woman appeals to court to dismiss kidnapping case against spouse

HYDERABAD, Sept 17: The Sindh High Court Hyderabad circuit bench here on Wednesday issued notices to senior investigation officer of Tando Jan Mohammad police station, SHO of Tando Jan Mohammad police station and one Wazeer Ali to appear in court on September 23 on a petition filed by a woman, Ms Salma, seeking disposing of of a kidnapping case against her husband and his relatives.

The petitioner said that she was a sui juris and had every right to marry of her own free will. She said she was a Muslim and exercised her constitutional right when she realised that her parents were greedy and wanted to marry her off to an old man.

She said she refused the proposal though she was pressurised by the family. She left the house and came to Mohammad Jumman Rustamani whom she liked, she said.On Sept 1, 2008 she sworn an affidavit before judicial magistrate of Kunri stating therein that she was not abducted nor enticed by anyone and she was doing it of her own free will because her family was marrying her off to an old man, she said.

She said that her family wanted to implicate her and Mohammad Juman in a false case. Thereafter, she said, on September 4, 2008 she married with Juman as per Shariah laws.

She informed that her father Wazeer Ali had lodged a case against her husband at police station Tando Jan Mohammad after narrating a concocted story.

She said she had feared that her family would implicate her husband and his relatives in false case that was why she had sworn an affidavit.

She said that her father and his relatives were threatening petitioner and her husband that when they would come to seek bail they would be murdered.

She said that respondent police officials were bent upon arresting her husband and harassing her as well. She said she had not been abducted but she left the house of her parents of her free will.

She said that respondent policemen were misusing their power by raiding their house, disgracing her husband and his relatives. She prayed the court to quash the FIR and restrain respondent policemen from harassing her husband and his relatives. She said police should be restrained from arresting her husband.
Source: Dawn
Date:9/18/2008