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Father mellows after court’s arrest threat

A father who has been holding back his daughter’s academic certificates since she married against his wishes has agreed to hand her the papers after the high court threatened him with arrest.

Justice Ashok Das Adhikari ordered Ashim Sardar, the father, to return the documents to daughter Rupa “immediately” and file a compliance report by November 18. If he fails to do so, the judge said, the court will issue an arrest warrant against him.

“Only students, and not parents, have the custodial right to their academic certificates,” the judge observed.

Rupa, a resident of South Garia, on the southern fringe of the city, had completed her BA Part II (Bengali honours) at a Calcutta University college in 2011. The next year she got into an affair with a local youth named Amitava.

“When the news reached my parents, they started torturing me physically and mentally. Unable to bear the torture, I left home and married Amitava. I was a student of Part III then. Since then I have been living with Amitava and his parents,” Rupa stated in her petition.

The petition also stated that Sardar did not give Rupa her academic certificates despite several requests.

“The university had asked for the original certificates before the Part III exams, but I could not produce them. The authorities, however, accepted my request and allowed me to write the exams after accepting photocopies of the marksheets of my Class X and Class XII exams,” Rupa in her petition stated.

Rupa appeared in the Part III exams and was declared passed.

“But till date I could not take admission to any master’s course as I can’t produce my original academic certificates. Since February, I have lodged several police complaints. But that yielded no result. I have been left with no option but to move court,” the petition stated.

The petition came up for hearing in Justice Das Adhikari’s court last week. The judge that day ordered Sardar to return the academic certificates to her within a week.

On Friday, when the matter came up for hearing again, the lawyer appearing for the father submitted that his client did not have the academic certificates of his daughter.

“Then I will have to issue an arrest warrant against him. The police will recover the testimonials,” Justice Das Adhikari said.

After that the lawyer discussed the matter with his client and said: “Please do not take such a step. My client will hand over the certificates to his daughter.”

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