Shocking! Hindu-Christian marriage invalid if either doesn’t convert: Madras HC

In a quite shocking retort, the Madras High Court held that marriage between a Hindu woman and a Christian man is not legally valid if either of them does not convert.

PTI reported that a woman’s parents had filed a Habeas Corpus petition, which was dismissed later by justices P R Shivakumar and V S Ravi. The reasons stated was that if the couple wanted to solemnise the marriage as per Hindu custom, the man should have converted to Hinduism or she should have converted to Christianity if she wanted to do so as per Christian custom.

The other alternative can be that their marriage should have been registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, if they preferred to follow their religions without conversion. This woman, who was produced in court by police after the petition was filed, told the judges that she had got married in a temple at Palani, to which they asked how the marriage was valid as per Hindu law if the man did not convert.

She however, remained steadfast in her decision to go with him, which they did as she was a major. “As she is a major she can go anywhere she likes, though they had not married as per law,” the bench here said. The judges said that the girl became a major on May 29 and she was free to go to any place at her will. As per law, she did not need care and protection.

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