In the instant case, the couple i.e. petitioners herein have filed the petition before the Madhya Pradesh high court seeking police protection as they are receiving threats from their parents for having got married against the wishes of their parents.
The Hon’ble court comprising Justice Vivek Rusia reiterated that “If the petitioners are major and entered into the marriage voluntarily, in that case, they should not be harassed by anyone, on the reason that they have objection with their marriage.”
Further, The court herein referred to the pronouncement made by the supreme court in the case of Lata Singh versus. The State of U.P. Another that “this is a free and democratic country and once a person becomes a major he or she likes. If the parents of the boy or girl do not approve of such inter-caste of inter-religious marriage the maximum they can do is that they can cut-off social relation with the son or daughter, but they can give threats or commit of instigating acts of violence”
Moreover, the Bench stated the judgment of the supreme court in Shakti Vahini versus. The State of M.P. where Issues of “Khap Panchayat” and “Honor Killing” were taken up very seriously and issued certain preventive, remedial punitive measures were to all the State Governments.
Lastly, it is held that if a couple receives threat or fear about their life from their parents or anyone then they can approach the Superintendent of Police, Ratlam, and record their statements in the absence of SP, Ratlam they can approach the nearest police station and get their statements recorded.