Society Can’t Decide How Two Major Individual Live Their Lives, Even If Such Relation May be Termed as Unsocial: HC

On Monday, the Rajasthan High Court at Jaipur Bench,while granting protection to a runaway couple observed:

Society Cannot Determine How Individuals live their lives, especially when they are major, irrespective of the fact that the relation between two major individuals may be termed as unsocial”

Choti Meena and Jeetram Meena, a couple, approached the Rajasthan High Court seeking protection of their life and liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.

The Counsel for the Petitioners submitted that both the Petitioners are major and have solemnized marriage with each other on 07.06.2021, as per relevant custom and rites. But the private respondents, who were family members of the Girl’s family, were not happy with their marriage and were threatening the Petitioners.

Justice Mahendra Kumar Goyal referring to the Judgments of Supreme Court in the case of Lata Singh vs State of UP (AIR 2006 SC 2522), S Khusboo vs Kanniammal (2010) 5 SCC 600, Indra Sharma vs VKV Sarma(2013) 15 SCC 755 and Shafin Jahan vs Ashokan KM & Others (2018) 16 SCC 368 and observed:

Society Cannot Determine How Individuals live their lives, especially when they are major, irrespective of the fact that the relation between two major individuals may be termed as unsocial”

The Court held that life and liberty has to be protected as mandated by Article 21 and further as per Section 29 of Rajasthan Police Act 2007, every police officer is duty bound to protect the life and liberty of the citizens.

In view of the above the Court disposed off the Petition with the direction to the Petitioner to send the copy of Petition to Station House Officer, who shall treat the same as complaint and after due enquiry shall take preventive measures to ensure safety and security of the Petitioners.

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