Prayagraj: The Allahabad high court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by an interfaith couple seeking police protection, reiterating that religious conversion only for the sake of marriage is not valid under law.

Dismissing a writ petition filed by Priyanshi alias Samreen and her partner, Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi said, “The court has perused the record in question and found that the first petitioner has converted her religion on June 29, 2020 and just after one month, they have solemnized their marriage on July 31, 2020, which clearly reveals to this court that the said conversion has taken place only for the purpose of marriage."

In the petition, the couple had stated that they had married in July this year but family members of the girl are interfering in the married life of the couple.

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Justice Mahesh Chandra Tripathi passed the order on a petition seeking directions to the police and the woman’s father not to interfere in their peaceful married life filed by Priyanshi alias Samreen and her partner.

Justice Tripathi observed, “The court has perused the record in question and found that the petitioner has converted from her religion on 29.6.2020 and just after one month they have solemnized their marriage, which clearly reveals to this court that the said conversion has taken place only for the purpose of marriage.”

In this case, the woman was a Muslim and converted to Hinduism.

Rejecting their pleas, the court relied upon a previous judgment given by the Allahabad high court in the Noor Jahan Begum case in 2014 in which it was observed that conversion just for the purpose of marriage was unacceptable.