Bengaluru: 'Citizens free to marry persons of their choice' – High court

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Dec 2: Even as the question of enforcing law against religious conversions is being hotly debated in the state, the state high court has opined that it is left to the discretion and choice of the adults to marry the persons of their choice. It stated that this fundamental right cannot be snatched away in the name of castes and religions.

The division bench of the high court comprising Justice S Sujata and Justice Shankar Mugdam expressed this opinion when hearing a Habeas corpus petition filed by a youth belonging to another religion, seeking instructions to the police to produce the lady with whom he is in love with, before the court. He said that his lover has been kept under illegal confinement.

Karnataka high court (file photo)

The lady, who had secured her engineering degree, had married four years back. She was working at Manyata Techpark here. A year ago, she had obtained divorce form her husband and had started to stay with her parents thereafter. During this period, she fell in love with a colleague. When she raised the topic of marrying this man, her parents had opposed the alliance, it is said.

At the request of the youth, the court had instructed Chandra Layout police to produce the lady before the court. At that time, the lady told the court that her parents were not agreeing for her marriage with her colleague for the reason that he belongs to another religion. The court disposed the petition by observing that the lady is capable of taking decisions of her life on her own.







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  • R.L., Udupi/USA

    Thu, Dec 3 2020

    Salute to High Court great judges.Slap to love Jihad supporters.

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  • P. Prabhu, India/Canada

    Thu, Dec 3 2020

    Haven’t we heard this before that “ Love conquers all”? As long there is no coercion, and violence, who are we to object to two adult human beings fall in love and get married!?

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Thu, Dec 3 2020

    Jossey Sir,

    As per Indian law can marry only once.... which you already done....

    So this judgement does not benefit you....stop displaying GLEE....and stop drooling...


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  • Sam, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 3 2020

    Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC. Are u really settled in USA?. I have a doubt.
    Because you still carry a small town thoughts.

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    Mon, Dec 7 2020

    Sir would love to meet you, where do you stay in DC?

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    Here is a choice of Matured Boy n Girl of human beings
    Big blow to love jihad bill supporters

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  • Mohan Prabhu,, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    This judgement is sound as far as it goes, i.e. on the facts of this particular case. Wait when "love-jihad" law comes into force and see what the courts will say when the hidden reasons come out in the open. The proposed law may ban "svayamvara" - what will the courts have to say then?

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  • Al Dsouza, Canada

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    Good decision by court but people dont misuse it. When some of you misuse it then everyone is impacted. Look at internal airport in the past we were not required to remove shoes or other unwanted stuff. Due to many attacks around the world everyone penalized to screen every damn thing. So use the system wisely and respect everyone belief system without hurting it. Increasing population or religious conversion is not good rather each practice own faith and live in harmony.

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    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    Each community can educate, conscientize and caution the members of its own religious faith and not dictate terms about whom they should marry. In olden times, christians forbade their members marrying people of other faiths fearing contamination of their beliefs, specially confusing their children if they still followed separate religion.
    But forbidding anyone from embracing a faith of one's choice is to go back to slavery, dictatorship and anarchy.
    Leave the adults, boys and girls to marry the partner of their choice and leave them practice the faith according to their conviction.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    Very good message from the High court. Wonderful... God bless those judges..

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  • Naveen, Tulunad Rajya

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    In a particular community, men can marry outside their community., however women cannot marry men outside their community. It's a satanic method of the community to increase their population. That community is already causing problems world over. That community should be educated about their falsehood.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    We can understand the judgement is huge setback for your ego....(:. Btw where did you get all these information? Nagpur university?

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  • Prasad, Surathkal

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    I have one important question. When Hindu society is not accepting intercaste marriages so easily how to you expect it to accept interfaith marriages. What will be the caste of woman if a brahmin marries a dalit - ok they become intercatse hindus. What about if hindu marries muslim woman. That will not be the case if u convert from hinduism to some other religion
    My intention is not to offend or support. Just giving my thought and observation

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    Slaps on disruptors of communal harmony.

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  • Glen, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    Men can marry but don't abuse wives

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    But, there are other loopholes where you can accuse one party of malicious activity. And waste precious time of honourable court of law and other authorities.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    This is a part of our Indian Constitution ...

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  • Gibbs, Udupi/Kuwait

    Wed, Dec 2 2020

    Congrats to High Court judges as they decided Citizens are free to marry person of their choice according to the fundamental rights, irrespective of religion.

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