Court unites lovebirds as husband and wife
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There was a joyous scene outside the Calcutta High Court on Thursday after a couple got united by the court.
Santosh Chaudhury and Bharati, residents of Garden Reach area, had left their house and got married on October 9, last year. But the father of the girl lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Bharati was a minor — 16 years old — and accused Santosh of abducting her.
Two days later, police arrested the couple. But a committed Santosh first fought for bail and then approached the High court in December to get back Bharati as his legal wife.
After several hearings, Bharati was produced in the court on Thursday. Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia sought the ossification test for determining the age of the girl. A counsel of the state government told the court that report states that Bharati could be between 16 to 18 years. The counsel, however, added that the ossification test does not give the accurate age and has two years tolerance, which in other words mean that it gives a range of two years.
Justice Ahluwalia concluded that Bharati could have attained the age of 18 years and asked her whether she wanted to stay with Santosh or with her parents. Bharati told the judge that she wanted to live with her husband.
Hearing this, Justice Ahluwalia allowed Bharati to live with Santosh as a married couple.