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"Betrayed Wife, Breached Minor Girl's Trust": Allahabad HC Denies Bail To Married Man Accused Of Pressurizing Minor To Convert To Islam

Sparsh Upadhyay
18 May 2022 1:59 PM GMT
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The Allahabad High Court today denied bail to a married man who has been accused of trying to convert the prosecutrix to the Muslim religion and was pressurizing her to perform Nikah.

The bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh noted that the accused only betrayed his wife and family, but also breached the trust of an innocent girl, who believed in him and got entangled in his false love.

Essentially, the Court was dealing with the bail plea of one Anwar Ali who has been booked under Sections 363, 366, 376 IPC, Section 3/5 POCSO Act. Allegedly, he introduced himself through social media to the prosecutrix as 'Raj' and got her entangled in his false love web.

Thereafter, he enticed her away, aged around 13 years. However, the Court, in its order noted that the medical age of the prosecutrix had been determined to be 16-17 years and as per the educational testimonials, her age was 16 years.

Looking at the nature of offence, the marital status of the accused-applicant, and also the fact that he introduced himself as 'Raj' to the prosecutrix though he is Anwar Ali, and the prosecutrix being minor, the Court did not find any ground to enlarge the accused-applicant on bail.

"The accused-applicant tried to convert the prosecutrix to the Muslim religion and was pressurizing her to perform Nikha with him. When the accused applicant was trying all these tricks, he was apprehended along with the prosecutrix. The accuse-applicant not only betrayed his wife and family but also breached the trust of an innocent girl, who believed in him and got entangled in his false love," the Court remarked

The Bail application was accordingly rejected, however, the trial court was asked to make an endeavor to conclude the trial as early as possible, preferably, within a period of one year.

Case title - Anwar Ali v. State Of U.P. And Anr [CRIMINAL MISC. BAIL APPLICATION No. - 315 of 2021]

Case Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (AB) 244

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