HC tries to bro­ker peace as par­ents op­pose match

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Shibu.Thomas @times­group.com

Mum­bai: Par­ents must re­alise that when their chil­dren turn adults and make choices about their life part­ners, they are pre­sumed to have taken a rea­son­able and re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sion, Bom­bay high court ob­served while try­ing to bro­ker peace be­tween two sets of war­ring par­ents.

Adi­vi­sion bench of Jus­tices Sat­yaran­jan Dhar­mad­hikari and Bharati Dan­gre was hear­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by a San­gli cou­ple who claimed their son, an en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent who was not yet 21, had been kid­napped by the girl’s par­ents. Po­lice had, how­ever, told the court that based on the boy’s Face­book up­dates, he seems to have mar­ried the girl and they were liv­ing to­gether.

“Merely be­cause the match is not en­tirely to their (par­ents’) lik­ing, they must re­al­ize that af­ter at­tain­ing ma­jor­ity, the chil­dren are pre­sumed to act rea­son­ably, fairly and equally in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner. Their de­ci­sions would have to be ac­cepted,” the judges said.

The judges in­ter­viewed the son, who claimed he had re­cently turned 21 and had mar­ried the girl, who was above 18. He had left his par­ents’ home and was liv­ing at the girl’s par­ents’ house. He told the judges he feared that his par­ents, who have not ap­proved of the match, may take some dras­tic step and that was why he was not keen to meet them. The court said the boy and girl seemed to have de­cided to live as hus­band and wife.

“We im­pressed upon him that no child can ap­pre­hend as­sault and at­tack by the fa­ther even if all his ac­tions are not ap­proved by him. Even­tu­ally, he must also take note of the con­di­tion of his mother who is ea­ger to meet him,” the bench re­marked in the or­der.

At an ear­lier hear­ing, the court had told the par­ents that “el­der fam­ily mem­bers are ex­pected to be­have ma­turely and re­solve dis­putes peace­fully”.

The lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the boy’s par­ents said they were will­ing to let him go home with the girl who was now his wife.

They as­sured the court that they would not harm or take any dras­tic step against the chil­dren.

“It is in these cir­cum­stances, and to give a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity to the fam­i­lies to bury their dif­fer­ences and dis­putes and rec­on­cile to the re­la­tion­ship, we presently do not dis­pose of the pe­ti­tion by quash­ing crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings,” the court said and sched­uled the mat­ter for fur­ther hear­ing on November 16.

Ear­lier this year, the boy’s par­ents had lodged a crim­i­nal case of kid­nap­ping against the girl and her par­ents. They sub­se­quently urged the HC to di­rect po­lice to pro­duce their son.

The girl’s par­ents also ap­proached the HC, seek­ing to strike down the FIR and ac­tion against po­lice for il­le­gally de­tain­ing women of the house.

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