This wasn’t a scene from a Bollywood film, where the cops invariably arrive after all the action is over. This was much worse. In this case, by the time the cops got moving the alleged victim of the crime was resisting the raiding police party.

This was because she was now the doting mother of the accused’s child and it had been three years since the complainant, her father, had passed away. When Visnagar police arrested Vijay Vanzara, a house painter, on charges of abducting a minor girl, the ‘victim’ resisted the raiding police party because she is now Vanzara’s wife and the mother of a two-year-old girl, Rani.
Vanzara had eloped with the minor girl in 2012 and the couple disappeared for a year or so. The girl’s father, Dalsukh Manabhai, lodged an FIR accusing Vanzara of luring his minor daughter from her guardian’s legal custody. When they returned home, they were married.

 The families reached a compromise and the girl’s family accepted Vanzara as their son-in-law. Dalsukhbhai died in 2013 and the family, including the couple, had forgotten all about the complaint he had lodged. Four years after the registration of the FIR, police knocked at Vanzara’s door and arrested him, on June 17.

The couple tried to explain to the police that the issue had been resolved with the intervention of community elders and no grievance remained at all. Moreover, the complainant was no more. Police did not listen and Vanzara had to go to jail.

Vanzara moved Gujarat high court through advocate D K Chaudhari to get the FIR quashed, so he could leave jail. His wife also filed an affidavit before the court, stating that she had never been abducted and they were ritually married in 2011 and the FIR should hence be quashed. After hearing the case, Justice Sonia Gokani quashed the FIR and ordered the jail authorities to immediately release Vanzara.