While hearing a petition with regard to the inter-religious marriage of Kannur-native Sruthi and Anees Hammed, the Kerala High Court on Thursday observed that “All love marriages should not be termed as ‘love-jihad”. It further said that these kinds of marriages should be encouraged as there is no boundary for love.
The court allowed Sruthi to go with Anees and ruled the marriage as ‘valid’.
It was alleged that Sruthi was abducted by Anees who forcefully converted her to Islam and married her under religious customs.
On October 10 while hearing Hadiya’s case, the High Court gave the same verdict that ‘all inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad’.
Earlier on October 7, the Kerala Government told the Supreme Court that an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was not needed in the case as the state police was efficient enough to carry out the inquiry.