Adults have legal right to marry in other religion: Jabalpur HC

Jabalpur, November 19 (KMS): The Jabalpur High Court of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, today, gave an important decision, saying that if an adult citizen wants to marry into another caste or religion of his own free will, no action will be taken against him.

The Jabalpur High Court passed an interim order declaring Section 10 of the Madhya Pradesh Religious Freedom Act, 2021 unconstitutional and issued a notice to the state government and directed it to file a reply within three weeks.

The High Court has restrained the state government from taking action against any person who violates Section 10 of the Religious Freedom Act. Under the said section, it was made mandatory for the person marrying in another religion to inform the District Magistrate i.e. Collector 60 days before the marriage and failure to do so could be punished with imprisonment up to two years.

Six petitions have been filed in the Jabalpur High Court against Section 10 of the Madhya Pradesh Religious Freedom Act, 2021. In the petitions, it has been said that Section 10 of this law is against the right to religious freedom under the Constitution.

After the hearing, the High Court passed an interim order and said that if an adult marries into another caste or religion of his own free will, a case cannot be filed against him.

It is to be mentioned that conversion of religion in the state of Madhya Pradesh is called “Lujhad”’ which has been declared illegal.

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