Calcutta High Court: “No role for court to play if adult woman decides to convert for marriage”

Team SoOLEGAL 23 Dec 2020 4:11pm

Calcutta High Court: “No role for court to play if adult woman decides to convert for marriage”

On Monday, 21st December, 2020, Calcutta High Court was hearing a case where an adult woman married according to her choice, changing her religion and refused to go back to her parents’ house after marriage. Bench comprising of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee said that the court does not have any interference in cases like these.

In this plea, the father of the woman mentioned that his daughter went missing from September, 2020 and she had converted and married according to her choice after that. A report was lodged at Murutia Police station in West Bengal on 7th December, 2020 where the father said that his 19 year old daughter eloped with a Muslim man, Asamul Sheikh and married him. The daughter, Pallavi Sarkar recorded a statement on 16th September, 2020 where she said that she has fled off with her Muslim boyfriend and staying with him on her own wish. This was presented in the Court. The father mentioned in the court that on the day when this statement was recorded, he was not allowed to meet his daughter and that, his daughter has changed her name to Ayesha Khatun after converting from Hindu to Muslim.

The petitioner claimed that his daughter was a victim of coercion and undue influence and was forced to record this statement before the police. Although his daughter recorded the same statement, for the second time before the District Magistrate to clarify the suspicion of her father.

The High Court has ordered the father and daughter to give their statement in front of Saibal Bapuli, the Additional Public Prosecutor, in Bapuli’s chamber on December 23, 2020 so that it can be cleared that the woman was under no pressure and is living with her husband on her own wish .

Tagged: Calcutta High Court   Justice Sanjib Banerjee   Justice Arijit Banerjee   Muslim   Hindu  
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