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Asserting that marriage for an adult is an absolute matter of choice, the Supreme Court Monday put an end to the ordeal of a sitting Rajasthan High Court judge’s daughter, who alleged she was forcibly confined inside the house for her wishe to marry a man she chose. A Bench led by Justice H L Dattu asked the Rajasthan Police to ensure safety of the woman and reunite her with her boyfriend, who belonged to a different caste.
“Keeping in view the welfare of the girl and the fact that she has already attained majority, we say that she is at liberty to take her own future decisions regarding choice of marriage,” said the court.
It recorded the statement of the woman, who was brought to the court by the police pursuant to its order. Her boyfriend Siddharth Mukherjee had filed a habeas corpus petition, following which the Bench had asked the police to bring her to the court.
Mukherjee had filed the petition alleging that the Rajasthan High Court judge was averse to his daughter’s plan to marry him as he did not belong to their caste and had put his 30-year-old daughter under house arrest. Mukherjee had also attached with his petition the e-mails she had written to various authorities, including judges of the SC, HCs and the police.
The woman told the court that she had no complaints or ill-will against her parents but she wanted to go with her boyfriend since she wanted to marry him. The court recorded her statement and allowed her to go with the person of her choice.