In the case of Smt. Vinita Jain Verma And Anr. VS. The State Of Madhya Pradesh And Anr (Writ Petition No. 11957 of 2022), the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Indore Bench through the honourable judge, Justice Vivek Rusia, recently directed a married couple seeking police protection to approach the Indore Police Commissioner directly in case of receiving any threat or fear for their lives from their parents or anyone else in the future.
Brief Facts of the Case: The Petitioners had approached the Court requesting police protection from the Petitioner’s/wife’s family. They stated in court that they were both adults who had married each other voluntarily. However, the Petitioner’s parents (wife’s parents), who were opposed to the marriage, harassed and threatened the couple and the Husband’s family. Subsequent submissions were made by the parties to avail police protection.
Judgement: The Court decided, after considering the parties’ arguments, that the couple should not be harassed by anybody simply because they objected to their marriage. The court further clarified that if the petitioners are majors who entered into the marriage voluntarily, they should not be harassed by anyone simply because they have a disagreement with it. In the future, if the petitioners receive any threat or fear for their lives from anyone, they are undoubtedly entitled to police protection in order to avoid harassment. The Madhya Pradesh High Court, Indore bench, granted the couple the right to approach the Police Commissioner, Indore, with the necessary documents and have their statements recorded, based on the Supreme Court’s observations in the cases of Lata Singh v. State of U.P. & Anr. and Shakti Vahini Vs Union Of India. The pair might also go to the nearest police station in an emergency, according to this judgement. The petition was disposed of with the aforementioned directives.
JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY PRAKIRTI JENA