Karachi: Man cleared of charges of abducting wife
Karachi: A man who married a teenaged girl walked free from the court on Wednesday after the judge cleared him of charges of kidnapping Nida Kunwal, his wife.
Mohtashim Yousuf, who was under detention after he was nominated in a case of kidnapping Ms Kunwal, was produced in the court of the Judicial Magistrate, South, Hatim Aziz Solangi. The investigation officer (IO) submitted a report in the court that after statement given by Ms Kunwal in the court that she was not kidnapped by Yousuf but had married him of her own free will and wanted to go with him. He has been exonerated under Section 497 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
The IO would also submit a C class report in the court following which the case would be dismissed. The girl’s father, Zaheer Ahmed, had lodged a complaint in the Baloch Colony police station on July 21 that Yousuf had kidnapped his daughter.
Yousuf was arrested on July 22 when police raided the residence of his elder brother. The police also recovered Ms Kunwal. The following day, both were produced in the court. The girl, in her statement before the court, denied having been abducted by Yousuf. She said they had in fact married of their own will and that she wanted to live with her husband. After hearing the statement, court ordered that she was free to go anywhere and directed the Investigation officer to ensure her safe journey home.