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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 2.02 AM IST

Caught sneaking into lover’s house, Rajasthan teenager crosses over to Pakistan fearing stigma

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JAIPUR: In a shocking incident, a 19-year-old youth from Barmer district in Rajasthan fled to neighbouring Pakistan after he was caught slithering into the house of his girlfriend. Now, efforts are underway to secure his return.

How it happened

According to the police, the teenager, identified as Gemara Ram Meghwal, was in a relationship with a girl who lives near his house in Sajjan Ka Paar village within the territorial limits of Bijrad police station, near the India-Pakistan border. On the intervening night of November 4 last year, he tried to secretly enter his girlfriend’s house to meet her. The girl’s parents, however, caught him. They threatened to inform his family about it. After this, Meghwal, fearing infamy, crossed into Pakistani territory. What followed was a futile search for him by his family members for over 11 days.

Family approaches police

On November 16, Meghwal’s family lodged a missing complaint at Bijrad police station. The family members told the police that they were afraid Meghwal might have crossed over to Pakistan. They said their relatives live in the neighbouring country’s Pabni village, located near the border. Meghwal often said that he would go to Pabni for meeting the relatives, the family members stated, according to a report by Hindustan Times.

Police seek BSF's intervention

Meanwhile, the family’s relatives confirmed that the teenager was in the custody of Pakistan Police. Following this, the local police sought the intervention of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the case. When the BSF took up the matter with Pakistani authorities, the latter did not confirm the detention of the teenager until January 5. Subsequently, efforts were initiated to secure his return.

“Pakistani authorities have told us that they are fulfilling the due process and any decision on his return will be taken under the law of the land,” the report quoted a BSF official as saying.

Another incident

This comes after a 20-year-old youth from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad was stopped from entering Pakistan through Gujarat’s Kutch in July last year. The youth had set out on foot for meeting a Pakistani woman he had befriended on a social media platform. He was found lying dehydrated near the international border by BSF personnel.

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TAGS: RAJASTHAN TEENAGER, BARMER DISTRICT, PAKISTAN, JAIPUR, GIRL FRIEND, MEGHWAL, BIJRAD POLICE STATION, PABNI VILLAGE, BSF, PAKISTAN POLICE, HINDUSTAN TIMES, BSP PERSONNEL
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