Gujarat HC Asks State to Explain its Objections in Interfaith Marriage Case

Four persons of the seven accused are in custody following the woman’s visit to the Gotri police station in Vadodara.

She stated in her submission that she went to the police station to report “certain petty and trivial issue due to her matrimonial discord” and certain parties intervened and turned it into a ‘love jihad’ case. She clarified that facts were incorrectly presented and the charges were false, the Times of India reported.

She has also denied the charge of forceful conversion.

“Certain religio-political groups intervened in the matter and communalized the issue by bringing in the angle of Love Jihad. Also, on account of the overzealousness of the police officers involved, facts and offences which were never mentioned or alleged by the informant came to be inserted in the FIR,” the petition read.

In what seems to be Gujarat’s first love jihad case after the amendment of the Freedom of Religion Act in June 2021, the woman and the accused husband had submitted that they were in a relationship and they were aware of the differences in their religious faiths before marriage.

They also maintained that their families supported them and their marriage was consensual and registered as per the Special Marriage Act.

The court has asked the state to submit its opposition of the marriage and the reason why the FIR should not be quashed.

(With inputs from The Times of India and The Hindu.)

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