Restrains police from making frequent visits to their residence

The Madras High Court Bench here has intervened into a dispute between a Muslim engineering student and her parents as she entered into wedlock with her college mate, a Hindu by faith, at Subramaniaswamy Temple in Palani of Dindigul district.

Disposing of a writ petition filed by the student, K. Fathima (21) of Palayamkottai in Tirunelveli district, seeking police protection, Justice K. Venkataraman directed the police not to precipitate the matter by making frequent visits to the residence of the couple. After the filing of the case, the judge had summoned the petitioner, her husband S. Kannan as well as her parents to ascertain the factual scenario.

The girl told the judge that she fell in love with the youth while pursuing an engineering course at Anna University of Technology-Tirunelveli.

Her parents did not react positively when she disclosed about her love affair. On the other hand, arrangements were made speedily to get her married to a Muslim groom.

She was also prevented from going out of the house and threatened with dire consequences. However, she somehow managed to get married at the Palani temple on June 29 and began living with her husband. She claimed to have received many threatening phone calls from her relatives and also from a fundamentalist organisation for having married a Hindu youth.

Apprehending that she might fall prey to honour killing, the girl had approached the court seeking protection. When the judge inquired the parents, they initially insisted on taking her back with them but budged later as the girl was adamant on living with her husband.

An affidavit was also filed on behalf of her husband stating that he would take steps at the earliest to register the marriage.

The judge recorded the undertaking as well as the presence of a police official who stood witness to the entire episode and let the girl go with her husband.

He said that the police could intervene only if any complaint was lodged by either of the parties making out a cognisable offence and not otherwise.

The judge had summoned the petitioner, her husband S. Kannan as well as her parents to ascertain the factual scenario.

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