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Sufi singer approaches HC for protection from parents

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 05, 2014
First Published: 22:55 IST(5/8/2014) | Last Updated: 10:16 IST(6/8/2014)

Jyoti Meer, one of the two Nooran sisters, famous Sufi singers from Jalandhar, approached the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday seeking protection from her own parents, apprehending threat to her life after she solemnised marriage against their wishes on August 2.

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Justice TPS Mann, while issuing a notice of motion to the Punjab police, ordered that the couple should be sent to the Chandigarh protection home in Sector 19 till the next date of hearing on August 21.
The Nooran sisters lent their voice to the song 'Patakha Guddi' in recently released Bollywood movie 'Highway'.

Jyoti, who claims to have firm belief in Hinduism unlike her Muslim parents, solemnised marriage with Kunal Passi, a resident of Mohalla Chaudhrian in Phillaur tehsil of Jalandhar district, in a Chandigarh temple on August 2 as per Hindu Vedic rites. Though Jyoti claims she is 20 years old, her parents say her matriculation certificate shows her age as 16 years and thus she is a minor, underage for marriage.

Jyoti's father Gulshan Meer, mother Rekha and singer-sister Sultana, who have been made respondents in the petition, were also present in the court on Tuesday during the hearing of the case and raised their objections to Jyoti's marriage.

The court was told that Jyoti's "very greedy and clever" parents had managed to forge her matriculation certificate and changed Jyoti's birth date to show her as a minor on the instructions of her promoter so as to accommodate her mother on a Canada trip as her caretaker.

It was submitted that Jyoti's family members were not happy with the marriage and were "bent upon finishing both petitioners in order to break their matrimonial tie." Jyoti claims to have been born on February 24, 1994, and Kunal on February 26, 1988, the court was informed. But Jyoti's parents claim that she is minor.
 
Also, the petitioners submitted that Kunal is a property dealer and earning a handsome income, whereas Jyoti's parents want her to get married to a person who is "unsuitable" for her.

As per Jyoti, she converted to Hinduism as per her own wish and without any influence. The court was informed that the petitioners knew each other for the past two years and had fallen in love. Though Jyoti tried to convince her family members, they did not agree and rather got annoyed and threatened her with dire consequences if she got married against their wishes, the petitioners said.

The court was informed that both petitioners also approached the police commissioner, Jalandhar, on August 2, seeking protection of life, but they failed to get any support.

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