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Allahabad High Court allows interfaith couples to marry without conversion under Special Marriage Act

Justice Jyotsna Sharma made this observation while granting protection to a live-in couple facing threats to their life and liberty due to the nature of their relationship.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Prayagraj Published on: May 31, 2024 7:24 IST
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Image Source : PTI (FILE) Allahabad High Court allows interfaith couples to marry without conversion.

The Allahabad High Court has observed that the law permits interfaith couples to marry under the Special Marriage Act without conversion. The court also granted protection to an interfaith live-in couple facing threats.

The court observed,"Interfaith couples who choose not to convert for marriage can register their union under the Special Marriage Act."

Justice Jyotsna Sharma made this observation while granting protection to a live-in couple facing threats to their life and liberty due to the nature of their relationship. The state objected to the plea, arguing that the couple claimed to have married by agreement, which is not legally recognised.

The court dismissed the argument, stating that while marriage by agreement is invalid, parties can apply for court marriage under the Special Marriage Act without conversion.

Law doesn't prevent parties from applying for court marriage under Special Marriage Committee 

"In my opinion, marriage through agreement is definitely invalid in law. However, law does not prevent the parties from applying for court marriage under the Special Marriage Committee without conversion," Justice Sharma said in her order.

The couple, who expressed their desire to marry under the Special Marriage Act without changing their religion, sought protection to proceed with their registration.

"Supplementary affidavit has been submitted in which it is categorically submitted that they will continue to follow the faith/religion of their own and do not propose to convert and that they are mature enough to take decisions regarding their lives. Further they seriously want to enter into matrimonial relationship as per law," the court recorded in the order.

The court granted protection to the couple and instructed them to solemnise their marriage under the Special Marriage Act, providing documentary proof in a supplementary affidavit. The next hearing is scheduled for July 10.

The Special Marriage Act (SMA), 1954, provides a legal framework for the marriage of people belonging to different religions. Under this law, one can marry with a person of other religion without changing his or her faith. It promotes a society where love transcends faith and is legally recognised throughout India.

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