R. BalajiHadiyaNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside a Kerala High Court order and restored the marriage of Hadiya and Shafin Jahan, upholding adults' right to choose their spouses. On a petition from Hadiya's father Asokan, Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage last May on the ground that Hadiya, who is in her mid-20s, had been brainwashed into marriage and radicalised. "We hold that the high court should not have annulled the marriage," the apex court said, drawing a distinction between consenting adults' right to marry and any criminal intent they may be alleged to have. Justice Misra said: "Let us assume for a moment that in the extreme event the marriage is a disguise to commit an offence. In that case, you may arrest the offender but not investigate into whether or not the marriage is a disguise."
Source: The Telegraph March 08, 2018 21:11 UTC