The Madras high court has ordered that a 27-year-old dentist who wanted to convert from Hinduism to Islam be set free and allowed to follow any faith of her choice.
Madurai: Observing that the woman was a major and that she had the fundamental right to follow any faith of her choice, the Madras high court has ordered that a 27-year-old dentist who wanted to convert from Hinduism to Islam be set free and allowed to follow any faith of her choice. The woman, under pressure from her parents, has been kept in a rescue home for women by the police. The police had earlier detained her at home when she said she wanted to convert.
A division bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice B Pugalendhi pronounced the judgment.
Advocate T Tamil Malar in her petition, stated that 27-year-old woman had completed her BDS course and inspired by Islam had approached Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamath seeking to convert to that religion.
Her parents after coming to know about it detained her. The woman escaped from her parents’ custody and approached the Jammiyathul Ahlil QuranVal Hadees Society seeking protection. She told the society that she faced threat to her life from her parents because of her decision.
Seeking protection, Selvi sent a representation to the police on August 19 but she was sent to a home without her consent based on the instruction of the inspector of the all-women police station at Tallakulam.
Her advocate was not permitted to meet her when she along with her colleagues went to the home to provide legal assistance to the woman. The advocate further submitted that on the orders of police officials from Mathichiyam and Tallakulam police stations, the woman was being kept under illegal detention. The advocate alleged that the police were influenced by communal elements as the girl decided to embrace Islam.