First Cousins Cannot Marry, It's Illegal: Punjab And Haryana High Court

Fri Nov 20 2020 19:20:25 GMT+0530 (IST)

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, which heard a petition over marrying cousins gave a verdict stating that marriage between first cousins is illegal.

The case reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court after a 21-year-old man who wants to marry his first cousin knocked on the doors of the court to seek anticipatory bail.

Going into details, the 21-year-old petitioner loved a girl who also happens to be his first cousin. The duo wanted to get married and they were in live-in-relation too.

After the parents of the girl got to know about this and lodged a case at police station Khanna City-2 in Ludhiana district under the IPC section 363 (kidnapping), 366A (procuration of minor girl).

Following which the petitioner moved the court to seek anticipatory bail for the case filed against him. In the petition, the boy said he and the girl will marry after the girl attains the age of 18.

The lawyer who appeared before the High Court on the behalf of the Punjab government opposed the petitioner's bail plea and told the court that the girl is a minor and the fathers of the boy and girl are brothers.

After the Counsel who appeared on the behalf of the 21-year-old man sought time from the court, the High Court adjourned the next hearing of the case to January 2021.