Films, parents to be blamed for minor girls eloping: Court

The court acquitted Prasad from the charge of kidnap with intention of forcibly marrying the girl as she had gone with him on her own volition and he had left her at a friend's house while he stayed at a nearby dharamshala. "There is no evidence to suggest or demonstrate that the accused had kidnapped the girl with the intention to marry her," the court said.

The court noted that the accused was guilty of kidnapping since the girl was underage when she "ran away" with him. "Thus it is limpid that accused took away the minor girl without the permission of her guardian and exposed himself to conviction," the court said.

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