But I love him!
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday ruled that a woman, as long as she is a major, has the right to choose who she marries even if she decides to marry someone who has 18 criminal cases pending against him.
Disposing of a petition filed by parents of one such girl, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice P D Kode said “Whatever it is — rightly or wrongly, she has made a choice for her life. Whether she has been wrong or right in making that choice, destiny will decide. Let her lead her married life happily as of now and do not be pessimistic.”
The case started when father of Gauri Mete, 17, accused Kishor Angre, 28, of kidnapping her. However, while the court was hearing the case, the girl became a major and married him.
Pradeep Mete, Gauri’s father, had told the court that 18 offences were registered against Angre. He also has a case under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Activity (MCOCA).
In the earlier hearing, the high court had asked Gauri to stay with her parents.
Angre’s lawyer Shreekant Gavand had told the court that Gauri has left her parents’ home thrice after the order and a complaint had been lodged against his client each time. She had also made a statement before the police that she had gone with Angre of her own will.
The court quashed the FIRs of kidnapping against Angre.
The parties filed consent terms that included his depositing Rs one lakh as security and a guarantee that he would let her visit her parent’s home and ensure that she completed her education.
|Gauri married Kishor Angre after she turned 18 this year in August|