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Ravinder Kaur & Another. v. State of Punjab - CRM-55976-M-2006  RD-P&H 7313 (15 September 2006)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB & HARYANA, CHANDIGARH
Criminal Miscellaneous No.55976-M of 2006 Date of Decision : September 14, 2006
Ravinder Kaur & Another.
State of Punjab & Others.
. . .
CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE AJAI LAMBA
PRESENT:- Mr. V.K. Shukla, Advocate, for the petitioners.
. . .
AJAI LAMBA, J. (Oral)
The petitioners through this petition seek directions for protection of their life and liberty. The petitioners allegedly got married against the wishes of their parents. In the contention of learned counsel for the petitioners, there is a reasonable apprehension of threat from respondent Nos.4 and 5. The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India taking serious note of such instances in Lata Singh Versus State of U.P. & Another, JT 2006(6) SC 173 has observed in the following terms:- "7. The caste system is a curse on
the nation and the sooner it is
destroyed the better. In fact, it is
dividing the nation at a time when we
have to be united to face the
challenges before the nation
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unitedly. Hence, inter-caste
marriages are in fact in the national
interest as they will result in
destroying the caste system. However,
disturbing news are coming from
several parts of the country that
young men and women who undergo
inter-caste marriage, are threatened
with violence, or violence is
actually committed on them. In our
opinion, such acts of violence or
threats or harassment are wholly
illegal and those who commit them
must be severely punished. This
is a free and democratic country,
and once a person becomes a major he
or she can marry whosoever he/she
likes. If the parents of the boy or
girl do not approve of such inter-
caste or inter-religious marriage the
maximum they can do is that they can
cut off social relations with the son
or the daughter, but they cannot give
threats or commit or instigate acts
of violence and cannot harass the
person who undergoes such inter-caste
or inter-religious marriage. We,
therefore, direct that the
throughout the country will see to it
that if any boy or girl who is a
major undergoes inter-caste or inter-
religious marriage with a woman or
man who is a major, the couple are
not harassed by any one nor subjected
to threats or acts of violence, and
any one who gives such threats or
harasses or commits acts of violence
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either himself or at his instigation,
is taken to task by instituting
criminal proceedings by the police
against such persons and further
stern action is taken against such
persons as provided by law.
8. We sometimes hear of `honour' killings of such persons who undergo
inter-caste or inter-religious
marriage of their own free will.
There is nothing honourable in such
killings, and in fact they are
nothing but barbaric and shameful
acts of murder committed by brutal,
feudal minded persons who deserve
harsh punishment. Only in this way
can we stamp out such acts of
Considering the facts of the case and the observations made by the Hon'ble Supreme Court, direction is issued to the Senior Superintendent of Police, Police District, Jagraon i.e. respondent No.2 to treat a copy of this petition as an application and have an enquiry conducted.
If the circumstances so warrant, adequate security would be provided to the petitioners so as to ensure protection of their life and liberty.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 JUDGE
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