VALIDITY OF MARRIAGE NO GROUND FOR DENIAL: High Court Chandigarh while disposing of Jalandhar woman’s plea, court directs authorities to take steps to protect couple’s life and liberty.
In the present post, we will read about the question of the validity of a marriage and the court observed that the same cannot be a ground for denial of protection sought by a couple who have married against the wishes of their parents.
- Jalandhar woman, who converted from Islam to Hinduism to marry a Hindu man, had asked whether the execution of an affidavit is sufficient for her conversion.
- The query was posed to their lawyer on May 12 and he was asked to address arguments on the issue on May 17. The plea said she executed an affidavit on April 28 declaring that she has converted to the Hindu religion.
- She married the boy the same day. The court had asked whether the execution of an affidavit is sufficient to convert to the Hindu religion.
Petitioner’s Counsel Submission
Counsel had submitted that their prayer was confined only to granting protection of life and liberty and the validity of the marriage was not the subject matter.
He also referred to a 2014 judgment in which a division bench had held that even in the absence of such validation, the state was obligated to protect their life and liberty.
Court’s Observation & Order
The Punjab and Haryana high court has said the question over the validity of a marriage cannot be a ground for denial of protection sought by a couple who have married against the wishes of their parents.
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