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Marriage without consent: SC wants security for Karnataka woman

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today asked the Centre to grant protection to a woman who alleged that she has been married off without her

The woman, who is presently in and being assisted by Commission for Women, has also sought striking down of certain provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act on the grounds that the of the bride or the groom has not been made mandatory in the

A bench comprising and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that it would treat this petition as a habeas corpus plea and would not deal with the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Act as sought by Indira Jaising, who was representing the aggrieved woman.

The bench observed that the Section 12 C of the Act provides for annulment of marriage if there is forced or fraudulent

The court agreed with the contention that the identity of the woman and her family members, who had forced her into the marriage, be not revealed.

It directed the of the Police concerned to serve notice on the respondents and fixed the matter for further hearing on May 5.

During the hearing, Jaising said that the woman has been forced into marriage and seeks protection.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 15:10 IST