Court directs police protection for woman willing to marry Muslim man

New Delhi: The Gujarat High Court has ordered the police to escort a woman, who wants to marry a Muslim man, from Junagadh to Ahmedabad for the registration of her marriage.

The woman is undergoing police training in Gujarat’s Junagadh district. She had taken a transfer from a police training centre in Ahmedabad’s Karanj to Junagadh after her parents objected to her decision to marry the Muslim man.

She narrated how she was one day called at the Karanj police station in Ahmedabad at 8 pm with the petitioner and was allowed to go around 3 am the next day.

She also told the court that she was prevented from having any communication through cell phone while undergoing training at Junagadh, when the same was permitted to others during post training hours.

According to PTI, a division bench of Justices Sonia Gokani and Sangeeta K. Vishen heard the woman through video conference on February 8 and passed the order.

The court directed that the woman be brought in a police vehicle accompanied by a woman cop and an official of the district legal services authority.

After the woman expressed her willingness to marry the Muslim man, the court, while hearing a habeas corpus plea moved by the man, directed to register their marriage here under the Special Marriage Act on February 9, when the one- month notice period for the same lapsed.

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