A habeas corpus petition was filed by Anees, when his lover Shruthi went missing and was found that she was taken to Siva Sakthi Yogavidya Kendram, to abandon her lover. Shruthi was mentally and physically tortured to leave that boy who belongs to a different religion. They married under the Special Marriage Act and consented to remain in their same religions for Shruthi was taken to conversion centre. In Kerala, it has become a trend to call all the inter-religious marriage as ‘Love Jihad’ or ‘ghar wapsi’.
The High Court on Thursday held that, it is in violation to the Art. 25(1) of the Indian Constitution, which give rights to every citizen to profess, practice and propagate any religion. No one can impose any religion on others. The court ordered the police to smash away centres which forcibly convert or re-convert, regardless of it’s nature- Hindu, Muslim or Christian.
The Judgement read,” we caution that every case of inter-religious marriage shall not be portrayed on a religious canvass and create fissures in the communal harmony.”
This practice would result in causing disturbance to the communal harmony and hence, police has to close down such centres who are involved in conversion or re-conversion of persons from preventing them fall in love with persons of other religions. Art. 25(1), being a fundamental right has to be upheld.