Police ‘tortured’ Woman and Live-in Partner: HC Asks State Government to Bring Woman to Court

The Haryana government was ordered by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday to bring the 19-year-old live-in partner of a Panchkula woman who attempted suicide last week to the court on January 4.

In response to the 22-year-old woman’s plea, Justice Sandeep Moudgil of the High Court bench noted that “the matter seems to be of serious concern to the court” and ordered the government to produce the girl and her family before the court via Chandimandir, the station house officer.

Hindustan Times brought attention to the predicament of the 22-year-old hospitalized following her attempted suicide last Saturday.

Prior to taking drastic measures, the woman had filed a written complaint about the alleged abuse and mistreatment she and her live-in partner experienced at the hands of police officers stationed at the Sector 25 police post in Panchkula to the Haryana State Commission for Women, DCP office, and CM Window. The Panchkula Police had stated the following day that an investigation into the matter has been ordered.

The complaint stated that the family of her live-in partner, who is 19 years old, intended to forcefully marry her off to someone. Following this, the family of the 19-year-old woman filed a case against the 22-year-old under Section 346 of the Indian Penal Code (wrongful confinement in secret) as the two prepared to relocate to Delhi.

In her plea, the woman said that she is afraid for her partner’s life because she received a distress message from her after her parents took her away.

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