Saturday, June 6, 2015

Minor can't be kept in protection home without consent: High Court

Even a minor cannot be forced to live in a protection home without her consent, the Allahabad High Court has observed, while directing that a girl be released from a state-run facility on Lucknow.

The Lucknow bench of justices Shabihul Hasnain and Shashi Kant gave the order on a Habeas Corpus petition filed by the girl's "husband".

The court while allowing the petition said that "even a minor cannot be forced to live in protection home without her consent" and directed that "the detenue is set at liberty".

The matter pertains to a girl who was sent to Nari Niketan in Lucknow following an order by Additional Sessions judge, Unnao, on April 22.

The girl was detained after her father claimed that she was a minor and had been lured away by a man.

The girl, however, told the court that she was 20 years old and had married the man of her own will.

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