Judge cites ‘Bobby’ to ex­press con­cern over fail­ing love mar­riages

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Corre­spon­dent n let­ter­schd@htlive.com

All is fair in love and war but judges of the Pun­jab and Haryana high court beg to dif­fer.

In the past week, two judges have ex­pressed con­cern over the rise in the num­ber of love mar­riages fall­ing apart these days and the high court be­ing bur­dened by such cases that can other­wise be dealt by sub­or­di­nate ju­di­ciary.

While grant­ing bail to a youngster from Ya­mu­nana­gar who faces kid­nap charges and of­fence of ex­ploita­tion un­der the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act, the bench of jus­tice Arun Monga even cited the ex­am­ple of the ’70s Bol­ly­wood hit, Bobby, star­ring Rishi Kapoor and Dim­ple Ka­pa­dia, to drive home its point.

The judge ob­served that run­away cou­ples are fall­ing out even be­fore fall­ing in love. “Ado­les­cents take a liking for each other, re­sult­ing in af­fec­tion be­yond so­cial lim­its. Next starts their schem­ing for a fairy­tale dream­land. But real life is dif­fer­ent from reel. When the happy end­ing is not the script, the same in­ti­macy and af­fec­tion turns into hos­til­ity,” he said.

‘DE­MEAN­ING CHILD­LIKE WORK’

His ob­ser­va­tions come close on the heels of an­other high court judge, jus­tice RN Raina, sug­gest­ing an al­ter­na­tive mech­a­nism be evolved to hear pe­ti­tions of run­away cou­ples seek­ing pro­tec­tion.

He termed the task of hearing pleas for pro­tec­tion to such cou­ples as “the most de­mean­ing child­like work” high court judges have been en­trusted with. “This work should be given to the sub­or­di­nate ju­di­ciary,” the judge sug­gested.

Even dur­ing the Covid-19 lock­down, the high court took up be­tween 30 and 40 such pe­ti­tions. Lawyers ad­mit that the num­ber of such pe­ti­tions goes be­yond 100 on nor­mal days. Jus­tice Monga said that daily, the court hears bail pe­ti­tions by young­sters on their love turn­ing sour with al­le­ga­tions of rape or on the other hand while still in their wed­ding gear, cou­ples seek pro­tec­tion for fear of be­ing hounded by hos­tile fam­ily.

PARENTAL PRES­SURE

The court granted bail to the Ya­mu­nana­gar youngster as it prime fa­cie ap­peared to be a case of teenaged love not meet­ing the ap­proval of the 17-year-old girl’s par­ents. The case was reg­is­tered on the com­plaint of the girl’s par­ents.

The youngster told the court they were in love and the fact is es­tab­lished from the state­ment he gave to a ju­di­cial of­fi­cer that the girl had will­ingly mar­ried him.

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