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Frame guidelines to protect inter-religion marriages, Muslim widow requests SC

Frame guidelines to protect inter-religion marriages, Muslim widow requests SC

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 28, 2009

A Muslim girl, who converted to Hinduism to marry a Hindu boy only to be horrified by her parents and police torturing her husband to death, on Friday requested the Supreme Court to lay down guidelines to make the lives of inter-religious couples safe.

Accompanied by her mother-in-law and brother-in-law, Anchal Sharma nee Amina Yousuf watched quietly from the visitor's gallery as a bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and Cyriac Joseph issued notice on her petition even before her counsel Pinky Anand could argue much about the blatant human rights violation of the girl. Before she escorted her inlaws out of the crowded courtroom, Anchal hoped for justice as the bench also issued notice to the J&K government and the CBI, the agency which the girl wants to take up the probe and punish the guilty.

So hurt was she by the horrific turn of events since her marriage to Rajneesh Sharma in Jammu on August 21 that she did not hesitate to accuse her father, a vigilance sub-inspector in the J&K sales tax department, of using his influence with the police to torture her husband in police custody leading to his death on October 5. Accusing the police of not filing an FIR, the girl said her sole crime was that she fell in love with a Hindu boy. "Guidelines be given by the apex court in a Muslim or inter-religion marriage, so that peace and tranquility prevails for identically situated couples," Anchal said in her petition alleging that she and her in-laws had to flee to Delhi to escape police excesses.


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