Religious conversion simply for the sake of marriage is not valid under law, stated the Allahabad high court on Friday as it dismissed a petition filed by an interfaith couple seeking police protection.

The petition was filed by one Priyanshi alias Samreen, in which she sought the court’s intervention to direct the police and her father not to interfere in their peaceful marriage.

The order was pronounced by Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi.

As per the petition, the couple married in July this year but the woman’s family members were interfering in the married life.

The court has perused the record in question and found that the petitioner has converted from her religion on 29.6.2020 and just after one month they have solemnized their marriage, which clearly reveals to this court that the said conversion has taken place only for the purpose of marriage,” observed Justice Tripathi.

In this case, the woman was a Muslim and converted to Hinduism.

The court referred to Noor Jahan Begum case, a 2014 judgment of the Allahabad high court which ruled that conversion just for the purpose of marriage is unacceptable.

The court dismissed the writ petition.

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