The bench of Justice Alka Sarin has observed that an adult couple has every right to live their lives as per their wish and desire under the boundaries of the law.
As per the bench,
“The society cannot determine how an individual should live her or his life. The Constitution guarantees every individual the right to life. The freedom to choose one’s partner is an important facet of the right to life. In the present case, the girl’s parents cannot dictate how and with whom she should spend her life since she is an adult. Parents cannot compel a child to live life on their terms.”
The Court was informed that a 19-year-old girl and a 20-year-old boy were willing to marry each other and when the parents of the girl became aware of their relationship, their families started fighting with each other.
The girl was locked in one room and was even given severe injuries. The couple approached the court seeking protection of their life and liberty, they were also claiming that the SSP did not act on their petition as they were threatened with dire consequences by the girl’s parents.
The girl left her home on 20 December 2020 and they started living together. The court in this case ruled that the girl is well within her right to decide for herself, she better knew what is good or bad for her. Along with this, the Court also directed the Fatehgarh Sahib senior superintendent of police (SSP) to look into the petition filed by the couple and take necessary legal action.
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