Kerala High Court warns against branding all inter-religious marriages as ‘love jihad,’ sets girl at liberty to join husband

A division bench of the Kerala High Court has warned against the branding of every inter-faith marriage as ‘love jihad.’ In this case the love marriage of a Hindu woman and a Muslim man, which was staunchly opposed by the girl’s parents, resulted in the lower courts handing over the custody of the woman to her parents, who then forced her to stay in a re-conversion centre. She described the violent practices prevalent in re-conversion centres. The court directed that she be set at liberty to join her husband, and directed the closure of all forced conversion and re-conversion centres.

Anees Hameed v. State of Kerala W.P. (Crl.).No. 313 of 2017 (High Court of Kerala)

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