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SC refuses to hear spiritual guru’s plea to release his 21-year-old live-in partner from her parent’s custody

Lawstreet Journal 8 Jul 2021 11:24pm

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The Supreme Court on Monday (July 7, 2021) refused to hear a petition filed by a man from Kerala, challenging the High Court’s dismissal of his request to release his spiritual live-in partner. The man alleged that his partner had been illegally detained by her parents. 

The petitioner is a doctor by profession who had renounced worldly life and separated from his wife and two daughters at the age of 42 and turned to spiritual practice on Vedanta Upanishad. He had first moved the Court in January 2021 when his live-in partner and Yoga Shishya, a 21-year-old woman, was forcefully taken from his custody by her parents against her will.

The plea was filed against the Kerala High Court verdict rejecting the spiritual guru’s request to release his live-in partner. A Division Bench of Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice MR Anita of the Kerala High Court dismissed his petition after expressing doubts about the decision-making capacity of the women. The High Court had also expressed doubts about the antecedents of the guru as were revealed by a preliminary policy inquiry. 

The plea filed in the Supreme Court said that the Kerala High Court had erred in assessing the mental capacity of the girl based on their interaction with her, as the Mental Healthcare Act obligated them to refer the girl for medical examination. 

Senior Advocate Gopal Shankaranarayanan argued that the Kerala High Court passed the order despite recording the statement of the woman wherein “she had clearly stated… Continue Reading...

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