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Delhi HC directs police to assess life threat to Hindu woman who wants to marry Muslim man

The petitioner, a 19-year-old, submitted that police officials need to be sensitised to the threat perception and danger perception to her life from her parents.

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The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Police to assess the threat perception of a 19-year-old Hindu woman who wants to marry a Muslim man against the wishes of her family and asked the police to take adequate steps after assessing the threat to her life. 

A single-judge bench of Justice Jasmeet Singh issued notice to the Delhi Government, the Commissioner of Police, and the concerned Station House Officer (SHO) in a plea by the woman seeking protection for her life from the clutches of her parents. The Bench further issued notice to her parents through the SHO.

The Additional Standing Counsel, appearing for the State, submitted that the contact details of the concerned SHO will be provided to the petitioner along with the mobile number of a Woman Constable and a Divisional Officer. In addition, she also submitted that the said officials will be sensitised to the threat perception and danger perception to the life of the petitioner, and to take adequate steps in this regard.

The petition has been filed by a woman aged about 19 years through Advocate Javed Ahmad. The petitioner contended that she wants to marry one Sallu Khan but her family does not approve of their relationship and wants to fix her marriage with a man of their choice. 

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The plea averred that since June 12 the petitioner is residing at a rented accommodation in Delhi and is receiving constant threats from her family members, as a consequence of which she fears she maybe a victim of honour killing.  

The plea further averred that she filed a police complaint against her family members, but no action has been taken to date. In light of the above, the petitioner sought directions to the state to provide her adequate protection for her life, as also to save her from the clutches of her parents and to take necessary action against them. The matter will now be taken up next on July 28.

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