The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday ordered that a couple be given ample protection, after a woman alleged that they were receiving death threats from her family members for converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim, reported Bar and Bench.
A single-judge Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, as per the report, issued directions to J-K through the J-K’s Director General of Police to ensure that the petitioners are not harassed, kidnapped, attacked or caused any harm by the private respondents or by anyone.
“In order to ensure protection to the life of petitioners in peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, it has become necessary to direct official respondents to ensure that the petitioners are not harassed, kidnapped, attacked or caused any harm by the private respondents or by anyone at their instance and they shall be allowed to live their married life the way they like and protect their rights in terms of the guarantee as enshrined by the Constitution of India,” the Court said, according to the report.
As per the report, the court ordered the Senior Superintendent of Police SP Budgam and Station Head Officer of Chadoora Police Station to ensure implementation of the directions in letter and spirit, the Court added.
In her plea, the woman stated that she had embraced Islam on her own volition on 12 February 2021, adopting a Muslim name, Khadeeja, reported Bar and Bench.
She claimed that when the news of her conversion reached her family, they started threatening her and also implicated the couple in false cases, as per the report. The case was registered against the petitioners at Police Station Satwar.
According to the report, the court has also ordered the SHO of Satwari, Jammu Police Station not to take any intimidating steps against the petitioners in the execution of any case registered against them.