New Delhi, Apr 11: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Karnataka and Centre over a plea filed in connection with the Hindu Marriage Act. The court’s notice came after hearing a 26-year-old woman’s plea seeking a direction for making prior consent of a boy and girl mandatory before marriage under Hindu Marriage Act. The woman, who is the daughter of a Karnataka politician, has also sought protection from the court.

The woman had fled after her wedding ceremony as she did not approve of her marriage. She has asked the court to annul her marriage and also said that the consent of boy and girl should be made mandatory under the Hindu Marriage Act.

The Supreme Court has asked the police to give protection to the woman. However, the Supreme Court also showed a copy of the Hindu Marriage Act to the lawyer of the woman and said that consent of boy and girl is already listed under the Act. The court will now hear the case on May 5.