A younger Muslim teen in west Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor, 430 km from Lucknow, has spent over 20 days in jail after an incident final month the place he and a 16-year-old Hindu woman, strolling dwelling from a good friend’s birthday occasion, had been ambushed, harassed and brought to a police station. The matter escalated to a case being filed beneath the state’s controversial new anti-conversion regulation.
At her village in Bijnor, 50-year-old Sanjeeda, the mom of 18-year-old Shakib, who’s now in jail awaiting a bail listening to this Friday – a widow with no fastened earnings – says she has nearly managed cash for a lawyer, as she fights again tears.
“I’m very distressed. When my husband was alive, I borrowed lakhs of rupees for his therapy. He died two years in the past. Nobody is prepared to even give me cash to combat this case,” Sanjeeda instructed NDTV.
Shakib was arrested on December 15 and jailed for allegedly attempting to forcibly convert the 16-year-old Hindu woman, a cost denied on the time by each the woman and her mom.
The Bijnor police, which had insisted the Muslim teenager was arrested on a criticism by the woman’s father, has gone forward and filed a chargesheet within the case, beneath stringent sections of the regulation the place bail is tough.
“We filed the case on December 15 and a police officer investigated it. Primarily based on proof, medical examination and the woman’s assertion earlier than a Justice of the Peace, we’ve got filed a chargesheet within the case beneath IPC, POCSO Act, SC/ST regulation and the conversion regulation,” says Dr Dharm Veer Singh, Bijnor’s police chief.
On the Hindu woman’s village, lower than 2 km from Shakib’s dwelling, her father in a short interplay with NDTV continued to insist this can be a case of forcible conversion. “No, they cannot say this, you’ll be able to ask them once more,” he mentioned when requested about his daughter and mom saying on file there was no conversion angle to the matter.
However the woman and her mom had been each not at dwelling and the daddy and different villagers had been unwilling to reveal their location. Two weeks in the past, in interviews to NDTV, each of them had vehemently denied the police model. “Round 11.30 pm some folks caught maintain of us – the villagers beat us up. They accused us of theft. They caught one boy, I do not know who he was, they usually caught me. I didn’t know who the boy was. It isn’t true that he was attempting to transform me,” the woman had instructed NDTV.
At each the kids’ villages, not many had been prepared to debate the case on digicam or off it besides Vinod Saini, the pradhan or chief of the woman’s village who continues to say the police cooked up the illegal conversion cost .
“I merely don’t assume this was a case of ‘love jihad’. I’ve already mentioned this, this case has been foisted similar to that. Each had been college students they usually used to fulfill one another,” Mr Saini instructed NDTV.
The district’s police chief has rubbished the declare. “That is completely fallacious. We filed a chargesheet solely after statements and a medical examination and a courtroom assertion. Even in the present day the woman’s father and members of the family are sticking to their statements. Some individuals are attempting to entice the household to alter their statements and we’re conserving a watch on such folks and we are going to act towards them. We don’t act primarily based on any statements by a pradhan or politician. The motion relies on proof and courtroom statements,” the Bijnor police chief mentioned.