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Hindu Woman to Live with Muslim Husband: Karnataka High Court Dismisses Mother’s Petition

The Karnataka High Court recently permitted a Hindu woman to live with Muslim husband, whom she had met via social media.

The case, XYZ v State of Karnataka and Others, was heard by a bench comprising Justices S Sunil Dutt Yadav and Venkatesh Naik T.

The bench observed that since the woman, a legal adult and a second-year B.Com student, chose not to live with her mother and was married, there was no need for further judicial intervention.

“In view of the detainee produced before the court, and her refusal to go with her mother, the fact that the detainee is a major, studying in II Year B.Com, and that her marriage is performed with respondent no.6, no further adjudication is called for in the matter,” the court stated in its order dated May 9.

The court was addressing a habeas corpus petition filed by the woman’s mother. When the woman appeared before the court, she expressed her unwillingness to return to her mother. The court then conducted an in-camera interaction with her, with the Deputy Secretary of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Karnataka High Court present, following the Supreme Court’s guidelines in Devu G Nair v The State of Kerala and Others.

The court noted that the woman had married her husband on April 1 and was living with him in Kerala. She was pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree and was capable of making her own decisions.

Additionally, the court acknowledged that the woman had left her parents’ home of her own volition and was not subjected to any coercion or undue influence. Consequently, the court concluded that no further adjudication was necessary.

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