New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has prohibited five Arya Samaj temples in Yamuna Bazaar of Old Delhi from conducting marriages of lovers. Such marriages will not be legally valid, the high court said.
The five temples are: Sevak Mandal Arya Samaj on Hanuman Road, Arya Saaj Vaidik Prachar Saiti, Arya Samaj Vaidik Marriage Mandal, Arya Samaj Mandir Seva Saiti and Arya Samaj Vivah Mandir Trust.
The High Court has sent notices to all these five seeking reply. A lawyer on behalf of Delhi Arya Pratinidhi Sabha told the High Court that these five vodies have not taken affiliation from the Sabha for conducting marriages, nor do they have records of marriags.
Justice Heema Kohli fixed the next date of hearing on November 19.
The case arose after Sunil Kumar alongwith her beloved eloped in 2010 and married at an Arya Samaj Temple in Yamuna Bazar. Later they filed a plea in court saying they feared for their lives.
During hearing, it was found that the girl was a minor.
The High Court also observed that some of these temples issue false certificates of religious conversion. The court also directed the DCP of the area to investigate all documents issued by these temples in the last three years.
The court has also directed checking of all bank accounts, persons operating those accounts and the source of funds.