Kerala HC on ‘love jihad’: Bust institutions indulging in forcible religious conversion or re-conversion

The court, while condemning any kind of violence against couples of inter-faith marriages, said, "This is a free democratic country and once a person becomes a major, he or she can marry whoever he/she likes.” 

By: Express News Service | Kochi | Published: October 19, 2017 7:12 pm
love jihad, Kerala inter-religious marriage, inter-religious marriages, pinarayi vijayan, Kerala love jihad case, Kerala High Court, Kerala High Court on inter-religious marriages, kerala political killings, love jihad, indian express news The court allowed the couple to decide their future course of action without interference from their parents. (File Photo)

The Kerala High Court on Thursday ordered the state police to bust any institution that indulges in forcible religious conversion or re-conversion of an individual. The court additionally said inter-religious marriages must be encouraged and that love cannot be bound by religion.

“We caution that every case of inter-religious marriage shall not be portrayed on a religious canvass and create fissures in the communal harmony otherwise existing in the God’s own country – Kerala,” it said.

The bench of Justices V Chitambaresh and Sathish Ninan was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Anees Hameed, a Muslim man from Kannur, who had alleged that his wife Sruthi, a Hindu, was forcibly confined and tortured at a yoga centre near Kochi. Sruthi had openly testified in court that the people who ran the yoga centre tried to force her to abandon her marriage to Anees, whom she had met while studying at a college in Kannur. The couple had fallen in love and got married against the wishes of the girl’s parents.

The court allowed the couple to decide their future course of action without interference from their parents. The judges quoted American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou in their judgment: “Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

The court, while condemning any kind of violence against couples of inter-faith marriages, said, “This is a free democratic country and once a person becomes a major, he or she can marry whoever he/she likes.”

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    Murali Inala
    Oct 21, 2017 at 7:11 am
    Can you show me Muslim girls marrying Hindu or other than Muslim community? Why? The hounarable High court of Kerala, why not looking in this angle
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      Nishanth
      Oct 20, 2017 at 11:44 am
      Very true.... forced conversion is the problem.... that type of ins utions have to be dealt with strongly.....I don't want any label... I believe in goodness of human being, environment and universe.... whichever path leads us to get that is my religion...... I don't need any yogi baba nor mulla nor pope tell me their path is the only path.....religious fanatism is in a rise in India.... which is bad for everyone....
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        CBA
        Oct 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm
        Very dangerous decision by Kerala High Court. If interfaith marriage happens, why the Hindus are to be converted to Islam. Whats the problem, if the Muslims must be converted to Hinduism. I think many of the Judges did love Jihad before, so they hesitate something else. I think, very soon we will see the situation of Kashmir in Kerala, West Bengal and Assam. The Jihadi Muslims will uproot the Hindus from these states which will be very much valid according to Kerala High Court. Hypocrat decision by Kerala High Court. We denounce vehemently such verdict. How Islam is sustaining in the world, it is only by terrorism and love Jihad is another kind of terrorism in India. Bollywood is the culprit for such Jihadi activities in India. The fool and timid Hindus are not able to understand the cunning policy of Jihadists. Very very unfortunate.
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          Nishanth
          Oct 20, 2017 at 11:46 am
          Blind bhaktard.....
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          Critical
          Oct 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm
          When one side is failed by the government and courts and suffers camouflaged conversions, that is what causes communal disharmony. Particularly when it comes to daughters it will be a very emotional and sensitive issue. The High Court has been blind to realities and should have restricted to the facts of the case instead of generalising. It is judgements like these which make people to go to the RSS and BJP as there will be no protection from the Congress/CPM/TMC/SP/BSP/RJD/TRS governments. Pray and hope BJP stays in power in the centre and enters these states as well.
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            White Supremacy Christian
            Oct 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm
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