Supreme court refused to entertain plea asking for protection of lover from forced marriage

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by a Hindu man in a relationship with a Muslim woman seeking safety in the latter from her family, who were pressuring her into marrying someone else [Dhanak of Humanity v. State of Uttar Pradesh].

The petitioner was given permission to move the Allahabad High Court by a bench consisting of CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna, and V Ramasubramanian.

The man reported that the girl’s parents had threatened both of them with death because they had unlawfully detained their daughter. Despite this, the state of Uttar Pradesh has failed to implement the top court’s protective measures for honor killings.

According to the petition filed by the NGO Dhanak of Humanity and Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Gupta has been dating Sahimun Nisha since 2015. They tried to persuade their parents, but they were opposed to the marriage. Instead, the girl’s parents threatened the couple with death.

The petitioners say they have been seriously harmed by the respondents’ oppressive and unlawful actions, which have deprived them of their right to equal protection under the law, as well as their right to life and personal liberty, as guaranteed by Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution.

The plaintiff was thus ordered to appear before the High Court or some other court or special cell. The State government was also ordered to file a statement disclosing conformity with the Shakti Vahini verdict.

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