Thursday, October 6, 2022

Punjab and Haryana HC grants protection to Muslim woman who converted to Hinduism for marriage

The Court said it is found that there is a genuine threat to the lives and liberty of the petitioners

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur to decide the representation of a Muslim woman (and her husband) who converted to Hinduism to marry a Hindu man, regarding protection from private respondents.

The petitioners Rajina@Jyoti and Jaspal Sharma have approached the High Court seeking the issuance of a direction to official respondents to protect their lives and liberty as they apprehend threat to the same at the hands of private respondents having married against the wishes of their families.

Mohan Singh Rana, Counsel for the Petitioners, submitted that Rajina@Jyoti, who was a Muslim by religion, has converted to Hinduism and has subsequently married Jaspal Sharma.

A single-judge bench of Justice Gurvinder Singh Gill while considering the petition ordered that without commenting as regards the veracity of the averments made in the petition and also as regards the validity of the alleged marriage of the petitioners, the petition is disposed of with a direction to Senior Superintendent of Police, Sangrur, District Sangrur, Punjab to look into the matter and to dispose of the representation dated 29.6.2021 in accordance with the law.

“In case, it is found that there is a genuine threat to the lives and liberty of the petitioners, then necessary steps warranted under law be taken thereupon at the earliest so as to ensure that no harm is caused to the petitioners,” said the Court.

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The Judge clarified that the order shall not be taken to be any expression as regards the validity of the marriage of the petitioners and shall not confer any immunity upon the petitioners, in case it is found that they have committed any wrong.

It is pertinent to note that the Delhi High Court on Monday extended the interim protection granted to a Hindu woman who converted to Islam and sought protection while claiming that she was facing an extreme threat to her life.

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