The menace of ‘Love Jihad” continues with impunity across the country, as in another shocking incident 22-year-old Museb Maniyar trapped a 15-year-old Hindu girl from Surat and took her to Maharashtra. But fortunately, she was saved by the police.
The two had met through social media.
The accused is a resident of Aurangabad and worked as an auto-mechanic. He befriended the victim on Instagram and took her to many hotels. He reportedly made an account with the name “staunch Muslim” on the social media platform and lured her into his fraudulent love trap. He travelled to Surat along with a friend to meet her and celebrated his birthday with her in a hotel there.
Afterwards, he kidnapped her and brought her to Mumbai. The two also visited Ajmer and he stayed with her in multiple hotels during that time. Meanwhile, the victim’s family members complained to the authorities when their daughter had gone missing from the house for a few days. The police began a probe, as two police teams were deployed to Maharashtra in search of them and another youth, who helped the offender was caught.
The minor’s location was found at Ahmedabad’s Kalupur railway station when authorities put her mobile number under surveillance. She was saved after 15 days as a result of a tip-off and the perpetrator was taken into custody by Ahmedabad police after the information was passed on to them by authorities in Surat. He was going back to Maharashtra from Ajmer with her.
The police have taken action against him under the Kidnapping and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) Act based on the victim’s complaint. They were transported to Surat Civil Hospital for medical evaluation and at present both are being questioned by the cops.
Assistant Commissioner of Police VR Malhotra is reported to have said that the offender in the case is a mechanic who is employed in the garage of his uncle (mother’s brother). He made friends with the girl on social media last year and has been in touch with her ever since. Action has been initiated against him under Sections 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 366 (Abducting or inducing a woman to compel her to marry) of the Indian Penal Code and the POSCO Act. The cops have organised for the medical examination of the girl and further sections are going to be imposed if rape is confirmed.