Woman converts from Islam to Hinduism for marriage to Hindu man; Uttarakhand High Court grants couple protection 

A case was shed light upon in which a couple had married outside their faiths by the Uttarakhand High Court. Before the marriage the wife belonged to the faith of Islam. The husband on the other hand was a Hindu. After the marriage the wife converted to Hinduism from Islam. This case was brought to the Court as the couple had a fear of the woman’s brother trying to attack them and injure them physically. This conversion was a violation Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018. However a clarification was offered by the Court that were not making any remarks about this. Section 6 of the Act state that marriages that took place for the sole reason of conversion were null and void and according to Section 8 of the same act any conversion with a month prior notice to the respective District Magistrate would be penalized. However in this case the petitioners mentioned that a notice was given but the decision was still pending. The Bench that was dealing with this case comprised of Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and Ravindra Maithani, who noticed the couple and noted that they were articulate through the interaction. For the concerned notice the District Magistrate at Haridwar was asked to inquire about it and why it has not been processed. If it has been processed, the Court is to be informed of when it was processed. As an interim measure the Court directed the police to give protection to the couple. This decision was adopted from the judgement in Lata Singh v. State of UP and S Khushboo vs. Kanniammal case.

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