Married without consent, SC grants police-protection to Karnataka politician's daughter
The Supreme Court allowed the daughter of an influential Karnataka politician to break ties with her family and husband after she was forcefully married. Indira Jaising, appearing for 26-year-old girl, requested discretion of her and her family's name. The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra granted police protection to 'Ms. X', who wants to pursue studies and get a job in Bengaluru.
Girl's brother threatened to rape her, claims counsel Indira Jaising
The influential politician's daughter fled her parents' home in Gulbarga for Delhi, 20 days after she was allegedly tortured. She was taken care of by Delhi Commission of Women. Indira Jaising said, "Her brother, supported by her mother, had threatened to rape her," after which the apex court directed Karnataka police to give her safety.
"You are an adult, you can go wherever you want"
"She can go to any place she desires to. Parents or any family member of X, the husband or his family members, cannot create any obstacle in the path of the woman," the apex court observed.
Family's counsel says her documents will be handed over
Senior advocate Basava Patil representing the family in the court said, "She need not apprehend anything. There will be no interference with her life from the parents. All things she desires will be given back to her." The girl demanded striking down of Sections 5 and 7 of the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA), claiming they hindered free will of marrying parties.
For annulment of marriage, SC asks girl to approach family-court
Indira Jaising asked the court to declare the marriage 'void' since 'Ms. X' didn't give consent for it. However, the SC directed the girl to approach a family court for this. The girl was forcefully married on March 14, this year.