Engineer to HC: Let me marry manglik woman in secret

Should parents know whether a man and a woman,both adults,wish to get married,even if the girl is a “manglik”?

Written by Krishnadas Rajagopal | New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2009 1:33:00 am

Should parents know whether a man and a woman,both adults,wish to get married,even if the girl is a “manglik”? That is what a young couple,intending to enter into wedlock,has asked the Delhi High Court to sort out with the District Marriage Officer and the Delhi government.

Pradeep (name changed),24,an engineer with a public sector undertaking,decided to marry his companion,who is four months younger to him,under the Special Marriage Act without the knowledge of their parents. He opted for the special law because he “knew” his parents would be sorely opposed to their son marrying a “manglik” girl.

The district marriage officer,however,proved a dampener for the couple’s wedding plans: he informed them that a “notice of intended marriage” would be sent to both their parents,at their respective residences. A copy of the notice would also reach the local police stations for verification of their addresses,the district marriage officer said.

“The intended marriage will be disclosed to my parents in case copy of the notice is sent to my residence,” Pradeep told Justice S Ravindra Bhat in his petition on Wednesday. “This will in turn raise a number of emotional,social issues on our (the couple’s) cultural,social and economic background.”

The court today issued notice to the government and the marriage officer on the man’s plea for a judicial declaration that the practices followed by the marriage officer was against the scheme of the Act,and in direct violation of his fundamental rights.

Pradeep also told the court his apprehensions that his parents and other family members would try to “influence,persuade and indulge in blackmailing” him out of the marriage. Describing his father as being “very emotionally attached” to him,Pradeep said in the petition,“He (father) has his own dreams and plans about my marriage. He would get the shock of his life (knowing that he was marrying a ‘manglik’ woman).”

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