Gujarat HC: State to explain objectives for quashing FIR in Interfaith Marriage Case


Greeva Garg –

Published on: September 10, 2021, at 10:38 IST

The Gujarat High Court has asked the State Government to explain the objectives for quashing an FIR registered in Interfaith Marriage Case.

The High Court has directed the State Government to file an affidavit by September 20, explaining its objectives for initiating criminal proceedings in the case.

The FIR filed in the interfaith marriage case, alleged the husband, in-laws and priests for solemnising the marriage under the Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act 2021, that seeks to ban religious conversion through interfaith marriages.

The High Court was hearing a plea by a woman who has categorically stated that the contents of the FIR lodged by the Vadodara Police are not true and she wanted to remain married to the person who has been booked under the State’s new law for forceful conversion through marriage.

In her petition in the High Court, the woman stated that, “When she had approached a local police station in Vadodara regarding petty and trivial matrimonial discord, the police, under the pressure of certain elements, brought in the “love jihad” angle and also registered the FIR under the new law.”

The Police also added the offences of rape and sodomy to the FIR which were explicitly denied by the petitioner.

Further, she stated that, with a common consent our marriage was solemnised as per the Islamic rites and it was also registered under the Special Marriage Act,

Stating the provisions of Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act 2021 to be in conflict with the Constitutional provisions, last month it had been stayed by the High Court.

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