New Delhi, Oct 20: The Kerala High Court on Thursday said not all inter-religious marriage should be portrayed as love jihad” or “ghar wapsi”.
The court came up with this observation during the hearing of a petition by a Muslim man, who alleged that his wife was taken to an Ernakulam-based re-conversion centre forcefully by her parents.
The Bench, headed by Justice V. Chitambaresh in its order asserted s marriages should be encouraged to maintain communal harmony and asked the police to take strict action against any centre forcible conversion or re-conversion.
Article 25 (1) of the Constitution guaranteed every citizen the right to freely profess, practice and propagate any religion which cannot be trampled upon by subversive forces or religious outfits, the court observed.
Earlier, in May another division bench of the Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage of a 24-year-old woman with a Muslim man after allegedly forced to convert to Islam, calling it a instance of ‘love jihad’.