SC says consent inherent in Hindu Marriage Act, won’t intervene to issue declaration separately

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said consent is inherent in Hindu Marriage Act and won't interfere to issue a declaration separately, media reports said. The apex court further said that they won't entertain arguments on how marriage ceremonies should be performed and there are enough legal remedies available for Hindu women to walk out of a marriage, CNN-News 18 reported. The order comes in response to a PIL which seeks to make free consent mandatory for the validation of a marriage.

On Wednesday, the apex court issued a notice to the Karnataka government and Centre after hearing a 26-year-old woman's plea seeking protection and direction for making prior consent of a boy and girl mandatory before marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act. The court also asked the police to give protection to the woman, the daughter of a Karnataka politician, who fled after her wedding as she did not approve of the marriage, ANI reported.

The court directed the superintendent of police concerned to serve notice on the respondents and fixed the matter for further hearing on 5 May.

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