HC tries to broker peace as parents oppose match
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.