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Adults have a right to choose their partner, irrespective of religion: Allahabad HC

The Division Bench said, "As the present petition is a joint petition by two individuals who claim to be in love with each other and are major, therefore, in our considered opinion, nobody, not even their parents, could object to their relationship."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
September 17, 2021 9:04:36 am
allahabad high court interfaith couple, allahabad high court interfaith marriage, interfaith couple protection, allahabad high court inter religious marriage, interfaith marriage, current affairs, India news, Indian ExpressThe petition was moved by one Shifa Hasan and her partner — both residents of Uttar Pradesh — contending that they are in love with each other and are living together on their own will. (File Photo)

The Allahabad High Court, while granting protection to an interfaith couple, re-affirmed that two adults have the right to choose as to who they get married to, irrespective of their religion.

A Division Bench of Justices Manoj Kumar Gupta and Deepak Verma said that not even their parents can object to their relationship. “It cannot be disputed that two adults have right of choice of their matrimonial partner irrespective of religious professed by them….As the present petition is a joint petition by the two individuals who claim to be in love with each other and are major, therefore, in our considered opinion, nobody, not even their parents, could object to their relationship,” the court said on Thursday, according to Bar and Bench.

The petition was moved by one Shifa Hasan and her partner — both residents of Uttar Pradesh — contending that they are in love with each other and are living together on their own will. Hasan, in this petition, stated that she had also filed an application for conversion from being to a Muslim to a Hindu following which the District Magistrate had called for a report from concerned police station, the Bar and Bench report stated.

In the plea, Hasan said that her father was agreeing to the marriage and hence she feared that there might be a threat to their lives. The court, as such, granted them protection while clarifying that the order is not any final opinion regarding the age of the petitioners as the findings are only prima facie in nature for the purposes of deciding the issue regarding protection of life of the petitioners.

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