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HC directs Delhi Police to ensure protection of UP woman alleging harassment after conversion

The Delhi Excessive Courtroom Thursday directed the Delhi Police to make sure safety of a 29-year-old lady, who alleged she was being threatened and harrassed by the Uttar Pradesh police, sure media organisations and vigilante teams for changing to Islam.

The holiday bench Justice C Hari Shankar, whereas directing itemizing of the girl’s case earlier than a roster bench on July 5, directed the police to take enough steps to guard her life and security until the matter is taken up by the common bench.

“It is a matter which appropriately must be taken by the common bench as per the roster, given the character of the averments within the petition. It’s made clear that this trip bench shouldn’t be expressing any opinion in some way relating to the correctness of the stated averments,” stated the courtroom.

Advocate Sameer Vashist, representing the police, earlier instructed the courtroom that makes an attempt had been made to contact the girl on the handle offered within the petition however she couldn’t be traced. Advocate Tanya Agarwal, representing the girl, instructed the courtroom that given the apprehensions, she has needed to repeatedly change the handle and can present the present location to the counsel representing the police.

The girl has approached the courtroom in search of her and her household’s security in addition to safety of her privateness. Stating that she resides in Delhi however initially belongs to UP’s Shahjahanpur, her counsel Kamlesh Kumar Mishra within the plea stated, “Owing to her conversion of faith, she and her household are being focused and malicious contents about her is being revealed within the media on a regular basis which must be instantly stopped”.

In line with the petition, the girl transformed to Islam on Could 27 “with my very own free will and with none risk or coercion from anybody”. Nevertheless, the plea provides that she has been getting phone calls from “completely different media individuals” since June 23 threatening to publish news about her conversion. One of many individuals forcefully took Rs 20,000 from the girl, alleges the petition.

“A number of news experiences appeared within the small time news papers and news portals in UP with regard to the conversion of the petitioner giving utterly absurd and imaginary particulars,” reads the petition, whereas particularly referring to 1 article printed by OpIndia portal.

A grievance was made to Delhi Police on June 24 however no motion has been taken but, the girl has alleged.

The petition additionally states that the girl on June 26 was knowledgeable that her father has been “taken away by the officers of the Uttar Pradesh Police and they’re coming to Delhi and would take her again to Uttar Pradesh the place she could be pressured to file false grievance/FIR”.

In addition to in search of safety, the girl has additionally prayed that she be not taken away from the jurisdiction of the Delhi HC “by pressure or coercion and or by the use of every other unlawful means by the companies of the state or every other individual and safety”.

“Issues of perception and religion, together with whether or not to imagine, are on the core of constitutional liberty. The Structure exists for believers in addition to for agnostics. The Structure protects the flexibility of every particular person to pursue a lifestyle or religion to which he or she seeks to stick,” contends the petition.

It additionally seeks a path that state companies of UP don’t harass her an or every other one that haven’t transformed within the state of UP and on whom the provisions of the UP Prohibition of Illegal Spiritual Conversion Ordinance, 2020 don’t apply.

OpIndia’s CEO Rahul Roshan instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that the story carried by the Hindi portal of OpIndia was “clearly primarily based on numerous mainstream media sources” and no “further assertions” had been added by its editors. “Subsequently, particularly singling out OpIndia is bizarre and a narrative lies therein itself about how authorized circumstances are used to construct a particular narrative to focus on particular publications. Nonetheless, we’re on the best facet of legislation and thus we’ll care for it throughout the ambit of Indian legal guidelines,” he stated.

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