The Gujarat High Court permitted a 20-year-old woman to live with her 19-year-old boyfriend as he is not old enough to marry her yet.
After the girl refused to stay with her mother and relatives the court said that she could choose to live with whoever she wanted to as she is not a minor, reported the TOI. The court proceedings were a part of the habeas corpus petition filed by the woman’s boyfriend in HC on July 19, which said that her girlfriend was forcibly being kept away from him by her family.
The boy said that as he was not old enough to marry her yet, they were staying in a live-in relationship and had also signed a contract about their live-in relationship. The further informed that the document had also been notarized.
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The boy further said that the family intervened in their case as their’s is an inter-caste relationship. They had eloped for 10 days in June but were tracked down by the family members.
After hearing the boy’s plea, the HC ordered Surendranagar district police to bring the girl before the court. They also said that in case the girl couldn’t be tracked, the police would have to submit an action-taken report.
The girl was brought to the court by the cops from her mother’s place on Wednesday. The court then asked her for her decision to which she said that she didn’t want to live with her mother or relatives.
Ruling in the teenager’s favour, the court was then assured by the state government that the girl would be escorted by the police wherever she wanted to stay.
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Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.TV