Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea for protection of lover in an inter-faith relationship



The Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea filed by a Hindu Man seeking protection for his Muslim relationship partner from her parents who were forcing her to marry another person.

In the case of Dhanak of Humanity v. State of Uttar Pradesh, the bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices V Ramasubramanian and AS Bopanna asked petitioner to approach Allahabad High Court instead.

The petitioner, Rajesh Kumar Gupta was in a relationship with Sahimum Nisha since 2015. The petitioner claims that they tried to persuade the parents but they instead illegally confined their daughter and also issued death threats to both of them.

Gupta initially approached the police on 23rd February 2021 to report the illegal confinement of his partner by their parents but was instead charged under the provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and detained for three days.

The petitioner also found out that no special cell was formed or no steps were taken to implement the preventive measures against honour killings issued by the Supreme Court’s Shakti Vahini judgment by the State of Uttar Pradesh.

The petitioner’s advocate Sureshan P mentioned the failure of UP government to comply with the 2018 Supreme Court judgment issuing preventive and remedial measures for protecting victims of honour killings.

The plea clarifies the reason behind approaching Supreme Court as Allahabad High Court remains non-functional and because the detenue is under threat of forceful marriage which is all set to be solemnised on 25th March, 2021.

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