Hours after police in UP’s Moradabad district booked a Muslim youth and his five family members under the state’s anti-conversion law, the 20-year-old girl, whose alleged kidnapping led to the FIR, took to social media on Sunday to claim that the charges were wrong as she was married to the youth.
In a video clip, which was put on social media, the girl can be seen standing beside Salman -- the main accused in the case. She can be purportedly heard as saying that she was in a “relationship” with the youth for quite some time, and also that they were married and no one had forced her to change the religion.
Moradabad Police said that they have taken cognisance of the video clip and a fresh probe has been ordered.
“Salman had bad intentions. He and his brothers and relatives had misbehaved with me and my family several times. They
used to threaten us. The video clip is fake, and my daughter has been forced to say such things,” said the girl’s father.
Superintendent of police (SP) of Moradabad, Amit Kumar Anand, said, “The case was already under investigation. Teams were
deployed to search the girl, after her family alleged that she was kidnapped by their neighbors.
“However, a video clip has come to the fore. In it, the girl has confirmed leaving her house willingly and getting married to
Salman, who is the prime accused in the case. The girl has also denied the allegation of religious conversion leveled by her
The SP city added, “We have taken note of the video and a fresh probe has been ordered.” After the girl went missing, the family approached police and filed a case against Salman. After the complaint, Moradabad police had registered an FIR against six persons under various IPC sections including 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and under appropriate sections of the anti-conversion law and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.