Perjury proceedings against 15-yr-old girl in kidnapping case

In a first, a Chandigarh lower court has initiated perjury proceedings against a minor for taking a U-turn from her statements in the court. Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Singh Nagpal has initiated perjury proceedings against a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped last year. The "victim" turned hostile, and the accused was acquitted of charges of kidnapping, abducting a girl to compel her for marriage and wrongful confinement. It is for the first time that perjury proceedings have been initiated against a minor.

The 15-year-old "victim", who worked as the domestic help in Sector 18, was allegedly kidnapped by a person whose brother-in-law worked as the domestic help on the ground floor of the same building. The court has, in the judgment, ordered perjury proceedings against the 15-year-old for giving "false evidence", as she denied the occurrence of the entire incident.

"The infirm stand of the victim and her contradictory statements before Juvenile Justice Board and the sessions court cannot be overlooked. The shifting stand of the witness before two courts renders her evidence brittle on which no reliance can be placed," the court held.

However, the fact that the father of the "victim" had given a complaint that his daughter was abducted by Siya Ram (the main accused), the judgment reads that his role was no more than to report the matter to the police.

The case dates back to March 19 last year when the father of the "victim" lodged a complaint at Sector 19 police station. According to the complaint, on January 31 last year, the "victim's" father received a call enquiring about the whereabouts of the "victim" who had not reached her workplace.

The "victim's" employers told Siya Ram that the 15-year-old was friends with two servants on the ground floor of the same building. It was suspected that the "victim" was allegedly enticed by one of the two servants, Jawahar, with assistance of the other, Vijay.

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