If a party to marriage does not convert their religion, then the marriage is not valid, but the couple is entitled to live-in relation.

Case title: Nasima v. State of Haryana

Bench: Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi

A Muslim women did not convert her religion to Hinduism before, marrying a Hindu man, therefore the Punjab and Haryana Court held the marriage as invalid. To solemnize the marriage under Hindu religion, the parties from different religions should convert to perform the rituals and ceremonies.

In the present case, the plea was filed by the interfaith couple. The bench ruled that even though the marriage invalid, the couple is entitled to live-in-relationship to protect their rights of life and personal liberty.

The petitioners, a Muslim girl and Hindu boy approached the court seeking protection of their right to life and personal liberty as there is a threat to their life by the respondents.

The court observed that even though the marriage happened by following the Hindu rites and ceremonies that does not make the marriage valid according to law.

The court ruled that the couple is entitled to protect their life and liberty and they are free to live in live-in-relationship.

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