Nooran sister's parents accept her marriage

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 21:51 IST

Around three months after Jyoti Meer, one of the two Nooran sisters, popular Sufi singers from Jalandhar, solemnised marriage against her parents' wish with a Phillaur resident, her parents have accepted the marriage.

Following this, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday allowed Jyoti to live with her husband.

Justice Naresh Kumar Sanghi, after recording the statements of all the parties in the case, said, "Petitioner (Jyoti) will now be free to go to Phillaur (husband's house) or any other place of her choice."

However, allowing Jyoti's petition, justice Sanghi ordered SSP Jalandhar (rural) to provide adequate security to Jyoti and her husband so that they might not be harmed by bad elements or Jyoti's parents/relatives.

The court adjourned the case for next hearing to December 2 so as to watch the conduct of Jyoti's parents/relatives towards the couple.

The directions came during the resumed hearing in the case wherein Jyoti has been seeking protection from her parents after solemnising marriage against their wishes at a Chandigarh temple on August 2.

Though Jyoti claims she is 20, her parents say her matriculation certificate shows her as 16, thus she is a minor. Jyoti solemnised the marriage with Kunal Passi, a resident of Mohalla Chaudhrian in Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar as per the Hindu Vedic rites.

As per the high court directions, Jyoti and Kunal had been living in Chandigarh's protection home in Sector 19 since August 5 after they had informed the court that they feared threat to their life from Jyoti's parents.

On being asked by the court, Jyoti expressed that she had consciously solemnised marriage with Kunal after becoming a major and wanted to live with her husband. She also submitted that her father Gulshan Meer had lodged the FIR against Kunal without any basis.

But when Jyoti's parents raised the point that the couple be directed to live in Jalandhar so that the singing career of the sisters did not get affected, the court said the couple could not be forced to live against their wishes. The court said in case Jyoti wanted to pursue a career in singing, she could travel from Phillaur to Jalandhar.

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