Cannot intervene if an adult marries and converts to another religion according to his choice: Calcutta HC
“If an adult marries according to his choice and decides to convert and not to return to his father’s house, there can be no interference in the matter,” observed a division bench.
Hearing a petition from a father claiming that his daughter had been unduly influenced to marry a man of a different religion, the Calcutta High Court observed that there can be no interference from the court if an adult marries according to his choice and decides to convert.
After a 19-year-old woman married someone she chose, her father took her to the High Court, claiming that his daughter’s statement before a magistrate may not have been recorded in an atmosphere where she was standing. felt comfortable.
Acting on an FIR filed by the father, the police brought the woman before a judicial magistrate, before whom she declared that she had married of her own free will.
“If an adult marries according to his choice and decides to convert and not to return to his father’s house, there can be no interference in the case,” observed Monday a division chamber composed of judges Sanjib Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee.
Following the father’s complaint, the High Court ordered that the woman meet with the oldest additional district judge in Tehatta and that sufficient precautions be taken to ensure that she was not under any coercion or influence. undue.
The judiciary noted that despite a clear-cut report provided by the additional district judge, the father harbored suspicions.
Susmita Saha Dutta, the lawyer representing the father, testified before the Bench Division that the husband was present at the premises of the Tehatta court in the Nadia district when the woman appeared before the judge.
The judiciary ordered that to allay the father’s suspicions, the woman would meet with Additional Attorney General Saibal Bapuli in his office in Calcutta on December 23.
The judiciary further ordered that no one be present inside the room during the meeting. Mr. Bapuli represents the State in this matter. He ordered Mr Bapuli to file a brief report at the December 24 hearing.