The Apex Court directed Delhi and Rajasthan police to ensure safety and protection to an inter-caste couple—a computer engineer and his doctor wife— who face serious threats to their life after they married against her parents’ wish.
A vacation bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Surya Kant directed Delhi and Rajasthan police to provide adequate security to the couple if required by them, and not to take any coercive action against the couple, who had to run for their safety
The woman is a doctor and belongs to the Yadav community, while her husband is an engineer and belongs to the Jain community, according to NDTV. The couple got married on February 28 as per Hindu rites and rituals. However, shortly after their wedding, they claimed to have received threats to their lives and said they feared the possibility of coercive action from the police of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The couple then moved the Supreme Court.
In their petition, the couple, who is currently living in New Delhi, also sought protection from the Delhi Police in view of the threats, especially from the woman’s family members.
“That in matters of marriages of couples, who are legally major, have all the right to marry, the consent of the family or the community or the clan is not necessary, once the two adult individuals agree to enter into the wedlock,” the plea said. The couple argued that the right to consensually choose each other as life partners was a manifestation of their choice as recognised under Article 19 and Article 21 of the Constitution.
Taking cognizance of their marriage, a vacation bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and Surya Kant said that the couple face a serious threat to their lives from family members. The top court then asked the police commissioner of Delhi, the director general of police in Uttar Pradesh, as well as Rajasthan not to take any coercive action against the petitioners. It also directed them to provide the couple adequate security in case of any requirement.