Nerul couple, Nilesh (24) and Shilparani Karpe (22), was ecstatic on Wednesday after the Bombay High Court united them.
Shilparani was kept confined by her parents at her hometown in Jharkhand because they opposed the marriage.
“The woman is a major and in the eyes of law she is somebody’s wife,” said the division bench of Justice BH Marlapalle and Justice Anoop Mohta.
The court allowed Shilparani to live with Nilesh saying it “cannot change the legal position that she was somebody’s wife”.
Shilparani and Nilesh were studying MBA at Yadavrao Tasgaonkar Institute in Karjat, when they fell in love and decided to get married.
Knowing that her family would not accept Nilesh because he is a Neo-Buddhist and she belongs to a higher caste, they got married at a Buddhist temple at Ulhasnagar on May 16.
Apprehending trouble from Shilparani’s family, on May 23, the couple gave a written statement to Nerul police saying they got married.
Two days later Shilparani’s father and elder brother reached Nilesh’s Nerul residence. After making false promises that they would hold a wedding again at Panvel to show that it was an arranged marriage and save their face, they took Shilparani to Bokaro in Jharkhand on May 25, said Nilesh’s lawyer Naveen Chomal.
However, before reaching Bokaro Shilparani realised what her family was up to and called up her husband.
Nilesh then approached the high court with a habeas corpus petition seeking production of his wife before the court.
Acting on his plea, the high court issued a notice to the Bokaro police, which produced Shilparani, her father and brother before the high court on Wednesday.
After Shilparani expressed her desire to join her husband, the judges allowed her to go with him.