At a time when saffron outfits have been targeting inter-faith marriages, by dubbing the phenomenon ‘love jihad’, the Gujarat high court has said that such couples shouldn’t be exposed to threats by any organization or group.
The high court observed this while hearing the case of a Hindu woman and Muslim man from Junagadh, who had eloped in May. The woman’s father filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court. She, however, told the court that she was in love with the man and accompanied him willingly. She intends to marry him, but her family members are dead against this and keep threatening her boyfriend and his family.
She also complained that various extremist organizations and a Junagadh councillor also pressured her to separate from her boyfriend. The woman told the judges that the man’s family live under constant threat and one untoward incident had also occurred. She also expressed apprehensions about “honour killing”.
The judges said the interfaith relationship was frowned on by her father. “The law of the land gives discretion to an adult citizen to live his or her life in the manner he or she desires. By making a particular choice regarding her life, the corpus or, for that matter, the boy cannot be exposed to threats by the petitioner, his relatives or any organizations or group, which may be trying to make an issue out of it.”
As carried in TOI on 28/9/2017