Sruthi and Anees both studied physics at a college

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Sruthi and Anees both studied physics at a college in Kannur.

They fell in love and married under the Special Marriage Act. But just because he was Muslim while she was Hindu her parents, police and a yoga kendra acted in concert to separate them.

Responding to a habeas corpus petition filed by Anees, the Kerala high court has ordered Sruthi to be set at liberty, emphasising the freedom of both husband and wife to choose their religion and future without interference from her parents or anybody else.
The judgment is a strong rebuff to outraging over every other case of inter-religious marriage and pronouncing it to be ‘love jihad’.

It’s a trend creating fissures in communal harmony from Ladakh to Kerala. Like the hysteria over braid chopping, it feeds an irrational fear of the other, emboldens vigilantes, and ultimately seeks to reshackle women to regressive and sexist concepts of honour and purity. The court has reminded everyone that no parent or religious organisation has any business restraining an adult woman – Sruthi is a postgraduate – from selecting her life partner independently.
As Stanzin Saldon (Shifah) who has also been harassed for her choice of a Muslim life partner has suggested, it’s time to stop personal matters like marriage and spiritual choice from being misused to create an atmosphere of fear and hatred.

Or as Saif Ali Khan has written, intermarriage is not jihad, intermarriage is India, India is a mix. DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own. Author TOI Edit Times of India’s Edit Page team comprises senior journalists with wide-ranging interests who debate and opine on the news and issues of the day. Times of India’s Edit Page team comprises senior journalists with wide-ranging interests who debate and opine on the news and issues of the day.

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