Muslim man in who had hidden his religious identity lured the 19-year old job seeker into giving her a job. The young girl went missing. The Muslim man’s identity has been found as Mehboob and he has been arrested for kidnapping a 19-year-old woman after becoming a friend of hers, hiding his religious identity, the police said on Thursday.
The woman’s father filed a missing complaint on January 5 after she had not returned home from college, said Station House Officer, Chiluatal Police Station, Neeraj Kumar Rai.
The police interrogation led to woman’s mobile phone call records which was found that she spoke to the Muslim man quite frequently. His name name in the Truecaller app was referred to as Mehboob and the location as Karnataka.
On 11 January, a case was brought against the man, after which a three-member police team was sent to Karnataka to track down the man. On the basis of these inputs, the father of the woman lodged a FIR against the man and accused him of allegedly kidnapping his daughter and hiding his Muslim identity, he said.
In the FIR, the woman’s father, who is a retired army man, said that last year the man had made friends with his daughter through social media and wooed her under the pretext of providing a job.
The case was taken under sections 366 (kidnapping, kidnapping or forcing a woman to be coerced into marriage) and 363 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code, in addition to the current anti-conversion legislation of the Government of Uttar Pradesh, the SHO said.
The newly promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of the Wrongful Conversion of the Faith Ordinance, 2020, nullifies marriages if they are performed on a single basis.