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LHC allows love marriage girl to go with parents

LAHORE: Justice Anwarul Haq of the Lahore High Court (LHC), on Friday, allowed a girl, Yasmin Bilal, who had contracted a love marriage, to go with her parents after she refused to live with her husband.

The judge also ordered to confiscate Rs 5000 deposited in the court by Yasmin’s husband, Imran, as security. The judge issued the direction while dismissing a habeas corpus petition moved by Imran, seeking recovery of his wife from the custody of her father.

He said he had married Yasmin of Hanjarwala against the will of her parents. He alleged that Yasmin’s family was not happy with the marriage and her father, Bilal, lodged a case against the couple in Hanjarwala police station, Lahore.

“On the day of the hearing, when we reached the sessions court to secure a pre-arrest bail, Bilal along with 15 other armed men kidnapped his wife from outside the court’s premises,” Imran said, adding that after the incident, he lodged a case against his father-in-law in the Islampura police station. Later, Imran filed a petition in the LHC for his wife’s recovery.

During the previous hearing, the judge directed Hanjarwala police to produce the girl in court.

Consequently, Yasmin appeared in the court on Friday, along with her mother. She refused to go with her husband and expressed willingness to live with her parents. After recording her statement, the court allowed Yasmin to go with her mother and dismissed Imran’s petition.

LHC moved against appointment of administrators: A local lawyer, Rana Ilamuddin, on Friday, moved a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against appointment of administrators, requesting that the local bodies’ elections be held at the earliest.

He stated that an amendment in the local body ordinance had been made owing to which the elections were delayed. He submitted that the impugned amendment was in violation of Article 140-A of the constitution and directions of the high court.

Instead of holding the local bodies elections, the provincial government appointed administrators to run the local government affairs, Ilamuddin said, adding that the act was in violation of Article 32 of the constitution. He stated that the government was forcing people to contact PML-N MNAs and MPAs for solution of their problems. He requested that the appointment of administrators be cancelled and the Punjab government be directed to hold local bodies election.

Source: Daily Times

Date:8/20/2011

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