Allahabad HC observes the conversion of religion for the purpose of marriage as not bonafide

Disconcerting that one party should change his/her faith just for the matrimony, says Allahabad HC

A single-judge bench of Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi of the Allahabad HC held that conversion is done just before a marriage indicates it was done only for the sake of marriage and should not be allowed. This was pronounced after a girl belonging to the Hindu religion since birth converted to Islam just a month before marriage. The court also dismissed the petition that it received under Article 226.

A similar stance was taken by the court in a 2014 judgement of Noor Jahan Begum @ Anjali Mishra & Anr. v. State of U.P. & Ors, where the question of whether conversion of religion of a Hindu girl at the instance of a Muslim boy, without any knowledge of Islam or faith and belief in Islam and merely for the purpose of marriage is valid, it was held that conversion just for the purpose of marriage is not acceptable.

Also, in the judgment of Lily Thomas v. Union of India, the Court observed that unless a conversion was not done owing to the religious feelings and beliefs of the individual but rather just to create a ground of convenience for marriage, it would not be considered bonafide.