High Court of Calcutta observed that if adult woman marries as per her choice and decides to convert, there can be no interference
On Monday, the high court of Calcutta observed that if an adult woman marries and converts to another religion of her own free will cannot interfere.
The bench consisting of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee was hearing the petition moved by a father to trace his “missing” 19-year-old daughter, After investigation court observed that If an adult marries as per her choice and decides to convert and not return to her paternal house, there can be no interference in the matter.
“She is 19 years old. She has married a person of her choice and she apparently does not want to return to her paternal home. If an adult marries as per her choice and decides to convert and not return to her paternal house, there can be no interference in the matter ” Court observed
After the woman was traced, she was found to have married and converted to the religion of her husband. A statement given before a police officer indicated that she had done so of her own free will and that she did not wish to return to her paternal home.
Petitioner argued that s that she may have been induced to give her police statement. Therefore, the woman gave a second statement before the Magistrate, again indicating that she was not under any coercion or undue influence. This was also not sufficient to convince her father.
“Despite a clear and clean report being furnished, the father harbours some suspicion”
Further the court directed the daughter to meet Additional Public Prosecutor Saibal Bapuli in his chamber without any one else present in the room, so that he may file a short report on the matter by December 24.