No prima facie offence of kidnapping when a 17-year-old girl willingly joins accused: PHC grants anticipatory bail to the accused

The Punjab & Haryana Court (PHC), dealing with an anticipatory bail application preferred in relation to committing an offence of kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl, has held that from the statements made by the girl, who was of the “age of discretion and at the verge of attaining majority”, it can be seen that she had left her house at her own volition. The PHC, noting that such facts falls short of inducement & does not amount to “taking” within the meaning of kidnapping, granted pre-arrest bail to the accused.