New Delhi: A 19-year-old girl from Jharkhand on Wednesday approached the Delhi High Court seeking police protection alleging her parents were not allowing her to pursue further studies after she completed class-XII last year. Before hearing her petition, Justice Vipin Sanghi summoned her elder brother, who is staying here, to know how she has been staying alone in the city since May, 2011, against the wish of her parents and posted the matter for hearing on June 18.

The court passed the order after the girl, hailing from Ramgarh district, told it that she has been staying as a Paying Guest in Mukherjee Nagar and preparing for banking examinations. Appearing for the girl, counsel K K Manan submitted his client wanted to study further after she had completed class-XII but her parents pressurised her to get married at the instance of some relatives.

To pursue further studies, the girl had left the house in May last year. However, her parents had lodged a missing report with the Patratu Police Station in Jharkhand, the lawyer said.

"She was harassed by the police in active connivance with the parents and relatives. Police have not taken any step to protect the petitioner from the hands of parents," as per the petition.

The petitioner also said her brother-in-law, who is staying in Jharkhand, has been financially helping her and the parents have lodged a kidnapping case against him.
"The petitioner is a major and has every right to live at any place of her choice and this right was conferred to her by the Constitution. She wanted to pursue her studies here but her parents were not allowing her and insisting on her getting married," the petitioner said while seeking an order restraining the police from harassing her.


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