Religious Conversion Just For The Purpose Of Marriage In Unacceptable, Rules Allahabad High CourtAllahabad High Court

In a significant ruling, the Allahabad High Court decreed that conversion just for the purpose of marriage is "unacceptable", reports Indian Express.

Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi made the observation while dismissing a petition filed by a married couple seeking direction to others to not interfere in their married life.

While delivering the judgement, justice Tripathi made a reference to the 2014 order in Noor Jahan Begum, alias Anjali Mishra, and Another versus the state of UP and others, along with connected cases decided by the same court on December 16, 2014.

Justice Tripathi ruled, "Applying the above-noted principles as laid down in various judgements and mandate of The Holy QURAN in Sura II Ayat 221, I find that alleged conversion of petitioner No.1, girl in each of the writ petitions, cannot be said to be bonafide or valid."

Justice Tripathi added, "The religion of petitioner No1 in each of the writ petitions was converted at the instance of the petitioner No.2 (boys) to marry with the girl. The petitioner girls have stated that they do not know about Islam. In the writ petition, as well as in the statements on oath made before this court…they all stated that the boy got their religion converted with sole purpose to marry with her. Thus, conversion of religion to Islam, in the present set of facts, of the girls without their faith and belief in Islam and at the instance of the boys, solely for the purpose of marriage, cannot be said to be a valid conversion to Islam religion."

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