Religious Conversion For Sole Purpose Of Marriage Not Acceptable: Allahabad High Court

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Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court has ruled that religious conversion just for the purpose of marriage is not acceptable.

In an earlier order, it refused to interfere in a petition by a couple, seeking protection three months after their marriage. The woman, a Muslim by birth had converted to Hinduism a month before her marriage to a Hindu man, NDTV reported.

In an order passed on September 23, a single-judge bench of Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi dismissed the couple’s writ petition seeking direction from the court that their relatives would not interfere in their married life by ‘adopting coercive measures’.

In his order, Justice Tripathi recorded that the woman was Muslim by birth and had converted her religion from Islam to Hinduism in June this year, exactly a month and two days before her marriage, the report added.

“The Court has perused the record in question and found that the first petitioner has converted her religion on 29.6.2020 and just after one month, they have solemnized their marriage on 31.7.2020, which clearly reveals to this Court that the said conversion has taken place only for the purpose of marriage,” the order said, reported NDTV.

The court also left it open for the petitioners to appear before the concerned Magistrate in their area to record their statements, the report added.

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