25 April 2022 11:45 AM GMT
The Madhya Pradesh High Court recently granted relief to an inter-faith couple in the form of protection from their parents and the society. The Court further directed the Police to not take any action against the Petitioner/boy pursuant to the FIR registered against him by the family of the Petitioner/girl for the alleged offence of kidnapping.Hearing the Writ Petition, Justice Nandita...
The Madhya Pradesh High Court recently granted relief to an inter-faith couple in the form of protection from their parents and the society. The Court further directed the Police to not take any action against the Petitioner/boy pursuant to the FIR registered against him by the family of the Petitioner/girl for the alleged offence of kidnapping.
Hearing the Writ Petition, Justice Nandita Dubey directed-
Respondents No.3 to 6 are directed not to take any action against the petitioners on the basis of the FIR lodged by the relatives of petitioner No.1. Further they will also be given protection, in case any action is taken against them by the society or the parents of petitioner No.1
Meanwhile, the Court issued notices to the authorities concerned.
The case of the Petitioners was that they were adults who were living together as per their own free will. They were known to each other since childhood and fell in love with each other. When they proposed the idea of their marriage to the family of the girl, the couple was threatened with dire consequences as the boy was from Muslim Community. Apprehending her death, the girl left her house and moved outside Madhya Pradesh with her partner. They got marriage in a temple as they were unaware of the provisions under the Special Marriage Act.
The Petitioners informed the Court that while they were away, the parents of the Petitioner/girl, in connivance with the State authorities got the house of the Petitioner/boy and the shop of his father demolished, without giving any show-cause notice. Furthermore, in order to mount pressure on him and his family members, they filed a false complaint of abduction against him, his family and friends.
Under such circumstances and under the threat from the society and parents, they were seeking protection from the Court. They further sought for compensation from the State for illegally demolishing the house of the Petitioner/boy and his father's shop.
The Petitioners submitted before the Court that being citizens of India, they had a right to choose the life partner of their choice. The girl further informed the Court that she was not abducted by her partner and that she was willingly living with him. They assured the Court that they would get their marriage registered under the Special Marriage Act.
Case Title : SAKSHI SAHU AND OTHERS Vs THE STATE OF MADHYA PRADESH AND OTHERS
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