Not all love marriages are 'love jihads': HC

Lester Mason
October 19, 2017

A Bench of Justices V Chitambaresh and Satish Ninan while allowing a Habeas Corpus petition filed by a husband also warned not to portray every inter-religious marriage on a religious canvass.

The Kerala High Court has expressed its support for inter-caste and inter-religious marriages by saying that there is no boundary for love and that all love marriages should not be publicised as love jihad or ghar vapasi. It jumps hurdles. Leaps fences.

A judgment of the Kerala High Court begins by quoting American Poet and activist Maya Angelou before taking strong objection to the attempts to derail the communal harmony prevalent in the State.

Sruthi and Anees Hameed were classmates and were in an affair for a couple of years. Sruthi was subsequently, detained by her parents for marrying a Muslim man.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday ordered closure of all centres encouraging forced religious conversions in the state.


The court, while condemning any kind of violence against couples of inter-faith marriages, said, "This is a free democratic country and once a person becomes a major, he or she can marry whoever he/she likes".

Sruthi, now lives with Anees in their home in Kannur alleged before the court that during her deposition, her parents had taken her to a Yoga centre near Kochi where she was forcibly confined and tortured by the counselors and staff members of the Yoga centre.

In the instant case, Anees had sought an order that his wife Sruthi be released from the custody of her family.

Following a spate of cases in which Hindu women were allegedly being punished or forced into re-conversion by parents, the Supreme Court had asked the National Investigation Agency to check if there was any coercion involved in such marriages.

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