The minor girls had grown up together as friends in same locality at Deendayalpuram and when their families objected to their proximity, they eloped. The girls complained that after knowing about their relationship, their parents have started harassing them and forcing them into captivity.
Officials at Child Welfare Committee (CWC) have kept the girls under their custody at separate places and are counseling them. According to Jessi Phillip, chairperson CWC, both girls need counseling while they insist that they want to stay together as friends.
Transgender activist Vikas Rajput said that it was too early for teenaged girls to decide about whom they would like to spend their life with. “Counseling is the best pill for them right now. Had they been 18-years-old, they could have approached police and have chosen their life partner,” he said.
According to police, after resistance from family, the younger girl had attempted suicide in past and has requested her family to allow her to spend her life with her friend if they can’t permit their marriage. Police said that parents of both girls have been adamant with their versions and wouldn’t allow them to live together.