New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed Jammu and Kashmir police chief to ensure safety of young Muslim woman, who is allegedly being forced to marry her 40-year-old maternal uncle. According to News18 report, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also issued notices to the state police and her family members and sought their replies in two weeks. Also Read - Black Day Observed Across Jammu and Kashmir To Mark Pakistan's Invasion in 1947
In the complaint, the petitioner, 26, has alleged that her maternal uncles are molesting for a long time and now her family members are forcing her to marry one of them, who is already married and has children. The petition was filed by the petitioner’s friend. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Police Inspector Shot Dead by Militants in Anantnag District; Area Cordoned Off
The friend has demanded the woman’s release from a shelter home in Srinagar where she was lodged after she complained to the police. In the petition, it is mentioned that her family and maternal uncles have close contacts in the police and local administration, and thus, she feared for her life. Also Read - Mission Shakti: UP Govt Sets up 'Pink Patrol' to Maximise Women Safety, Will be Operational 24*7
Earlier, the top Court was of the opinion that the woman’s friend should approach the J&K High Court. However, looking at the facts of the case, the bench agreed to order for her safety and agreed to examine her plea.
The issue came when the central government had declared an ordinance which makes triple talaq a punishable offence. The Ordinance will now be sent to the President for his approval. After it comes to force, the Ordinance has to be approved by Parliament within six months. If the government fails to do this, the ordinance has to be re-promulgated.
Notably, the government had failed to pass the Triple Talaq Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha, could not be taken up for discussion and passage in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session and the Budget Session following reservations expressed by the Congress-led opposition.