The Supreme Court has once again asserted that the right to marry a person of one’s choice is integral to Article 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution.
With this the top court set aside a 2017 order of the Kerala High Court which annulled the marriage of Hadiya, a recent convert to Muslim in Kerala and who had married man named Shefin Jahan.
However, the top court allowed the NIA to continue its investigation in respect of any criminality with the rider that it should not encroach upon their marital status.
The Supreme Court said that the constitution guarantees to each individual the right freely to practise, profess and propagate religion.
It need be recalled that Hadiya converted to Islam in January 2016 and it was months later that she married Shefin Jahan, which triggered allegations of forced conversion.>