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Adult woman free to live where she wants, with whom she wants, says Delhi HC | India News


NEW DELHI: An adult woman is free to live wherever and with whom she wants, the Delhi high court said, reuniting a 20-year-old woman with her husband.
The ruling by a bench of judges Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar comes at a time when moves by Uttar Pradesh and other BJP-ruled states to enact laws against the “jihad of love” have sparked a national debate on freedom and the right of an adult to marry. whichever you choose.
The HC ordered that the woman, Sulekha, be allowed to reside with Babloo, dismissing her family’s objections that alleged that she had been abducted and that she was a minor.
After interacting with Sulekha via video conference and verifying that she was an adult when she left home, the court asked the police to escort her to Babloo’s residence.
“The police authorities will also advise the petitioner and Sulekha’s parents not to take justice into their own hands or threaten Sulekha or Babloo,” the court categorically ordered in its order upon hearing a habeas corpus filed by the sister.
The order of the HC of Delhi comes a few days after the HC of Allahabad annulled a criminal case against a man in an interreligious marriage and noted that “interference in a personal relationship would constitute a serious invasion of the right to freedom of choice of the two individuals. ”
The Allahabad HC had said that “the courts … are obliged to defend the life and liberty of an individual guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India”, adding that the central issue in such cases is “the right to freedom of choice [of two individuals] as to who they would like to live with. ”
Echoing similar reasoning, the Delhi HC noted that Sulekha was an adult when she voluntarily left home and married a man of her choice.
“According to the situation report, he was born in 2000, so, even on the date he disappeared, he was older. He states that he left with Babloo of his own free will and that he married him,” it said. .
The court ordered that the couple be provided with the mobile number of an official from the jurisdictional police station so that they can get in touch in case of need.
In her petition for habeas corpus, Sulekha’s sister requested his immediate appearance in court. Appearing through defender Sharad Malhotra, the sister said Sulekha disappeared on September 12 and the family suspected Babloo was behind it.

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