Minor booked for fake voter ID in court
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A 16-year-old girl who had approached the High Court seeking protection ended up being booked for furnishing a fake identity proof to prove her majority.
The girl had allegedly angered her parents by eloping with a man, and had approached the court "seeking protection".
A case of perjury and forgery was registered against the girl and her partner on Monday in New Delhi's Tilak Marg police station on the directive of Justice Mukta Gupta, who asked for legal action.
According to police, the minor, an East Delhi resident, had gone missing on January 15. Her father initially lodged a missing complaint with Nand Nagari police station. He later suspected that his daughter was kidnapped by a man he named. Despite several efforts, police could neither trace the girl nor Pal.
Then, on January 28, the girl suddenly surfaced with the man and filed an application with the local police for granting him anticipatory bail. They also produced a marriage certificate before the police to certify that the two had married. The couple also moved a writ petition in the High Court and asked for court's order to the police to protect them.
"The duo also submitted a copy of the girl's voter identity card, which showed her age as 18 years on January 1, 2010. However, as per the records produced by Kumar and subsequently verified by the girl's school authorities, her age was found to be 16 years, being born in December 1995," said a senior police officer investigating the matter.
Though the High Court directed the local police on February 3 to ensure protection of the man and the girl, a simultaneous inquiry was launched to verify the voter identity card submitted by the girl.
"The voter ID card was verified from the authority concerned and was found to be fake on verification. When a local enquiry was conducted at the given address, we found that the girl and the man were not residing at the Harsh Vihar address they had mentioned in the writ petition. Only a photographer's shop is located at the given address," the officer added.
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