In a peculiar and unprecedented turn of events, an 11-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit appeared before the Supreme Court to establish his presence and disprove his alleged murder, insisting that the case was falsely constructed against his grandfather and uncles.
According to a report by the Times of India, Abhai Kumar, the 11-year-old, took a stand as the purported victim in a murder case, declaring the accusations as fabricated. The boy brought his plea directly to the Supreme Court, asserting that his father had wrongly framed his grandfather and uncles in a false murder case.
In response to the boy’s plea, the Supreme Court accepted the petition, ordering, “No coercive steps shall be taken against the petitioners until further orders.” Additionally, the Court issued notices to the state government, the Superintendent of Police in Pilibhit, and the station house officer of Neuria police station regarding the matter.
Providing more insight into the case, the boy’s counsel, KuldeepJauhari, shared with the national daily that Abhai had been under the care of his maternal grandfather, a farmer, since 2013. This arrangement was made after the boy’s father reportedly subjected his mother to severe physical abuse due to dowry issues.
The tragic circumstances unfolded after Abhai’s mother, who was married in February 2010, succumbed to her injuries in March 2013. Subsequently, the maternal grandfather filed an FIR under IPC Section 304-B for Dowry death against his son-in-law.
A bitter legal battle ensued between the boy’s father and his maternal relatives, marked by mutual accusations and legal cases filed against each other.
Jauhari further disclosed that Abhai’s father had accused the boy’s grandfather and four uncles of the boy’s murder. The case was registered under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 504 (intentional insult), and 506 (criminal intimidation).
The grandfather sought relief from the Allahabad High Court, attempting to quash the FIR. However, the petition was dismissed, compelling them to approach the Supreme Court, accompanied by Abhai as living evidence of his existence.
The unprecedented appearance of an 11-year-old boy in the Supreme Court to substantiate his existence in a murder trial sheds light on the complex and distressing circumstances stemming from family disputes, domestic violence, and legal battles, underscoring the need for a thorough and just resolution to such cases.
This unique case stands as a testament to the complexities within the Indian legal system, highlighting the need for a fair and thorough investigation to establish the truth in such emotionally charged and convoluted situation.