Conversion only for the sake of marriage is not valid, says Allahabad HC

The court made the remark while dismissing a plea by a woman who converted her religion a month before her marriage

Press Trust of India October 31, 2020 14:27:52 IST
Conversion only for the sake of marriage is not valid, says Allahabad HC

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Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has said in a case that conversion just for the sake of marriage is not valid. The court made the remark while dismissing a plea by a newly-married couple.

The couple had approached the court to direct police and the woman's father not to disturb their marital life. Justice MC Tripathi passed the order last month in a petition filed by Priyanshi alias Samreen and her partner.

In the petition, it was stated that the couple got married in July this year, but the woman's family members were harassing the them.

Dismissing the petition, the court observed, "The first petitioner has converted her religion on June 29, 2020 and just after one month, they have solemnised their marriage on July 31, 2020, which clearly reveals to this court that the said conversion has taken place only for the purpose of marriage."

The court referred to the case of Noor Jahan Begum in 2014, when the high court held that conversion just for the purpose of marriage was unacceptable.

Noor Jahan Begum's petition for protection from family members had been rejected by the Allahabad High Court.

In that case, the court had asked, "Whether conversion of religion of a Hindu girl at the instance of a Muslim boy, without any knowledge of Islam or faith and belief in Islam and merely for the purpose of Marriage (Nikah) is valid?"

The court at that time answered the question in negative while relying on teachings of the Quran.

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