Household / ward / clan consent isn’t required for 2 grownup marriage: Supreme Courtroom

In case of Laxmibai Chandaragi B & Anr. v. The state of Karnataka & Ors.One couple turned to the Supreme Court alleging that the investigating officer forced the woman to return to Karnataka by threatening to file a complaint against the husband.

It was also found that the police officer refused to close the FIR “missing person” submitted by the woman’s father, even after learning that she had married a person and was staying with him.

The bank criticized the police officer’s actions in the ruling, noting that the investigator should have acted much more responsibly in closing the complaint and if he really wanted to record the statement rather than threatening her with a lawsuit against her husband to come to the police station. The court overturned the FIR and suggested that the woman’s father accept the marriage and reestablish social interaction with his daughter and son-in-law.

The Court also instructed the police to establish some guidelines and training programs for dealing with such socially sensitive cases as those arising from caste or community marriages.

The court also found that family, community, or clan consent is not required once two adults consent to marriage.

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