Do we have the right to marry as a fundamental right? Instead of answering this question directly this write-up will give you relevant cases or provisions and the ultimate decision will be on your understanding.
•Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that “men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.”.
•The apex court in Shafin Jahan v. Ashokan K.M. recognize the right to marry a person of one’s choice is integral to the right to life & liberty.
•The Supreme Court in In Shakti Vahini v. Union of India the Court opined that “It has to be sublimely borne in mind that when two adults consensually choose each other as life partners, it is a manifestation of their choice which is recognized under Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution. Such a right has the sanction of constitutional law and once that is recognized, the said right needs to be protected.”
•In Shafin Jahan v. Asokan K.M.t he majority held that “the right to marry a person of one’s choice is integral to Article 21 of the Constitution. The Constitution guarantees the right to life. This right cannot be taken away except through a law which is substantively and procedurally fair, just and reasonable. Intrinsic to the liberty which the Constitution guarantees as a fundamental right is the ability of each individual to take decisions on matters central to the pursuit of happiness. Matters of belief and faith, including whether to believe are at the core of constitutional liberty.”
•The supreme court in Lata singh v.state of Uttar Pradesh said that “This is a free and democratic country, and once a person becomes a major he or she can marry whosoever he/she likes. If the parents of the boy or girl do not approve of such inter-caste marriage the maximum they can do is that they can cut off social relations with the son or daughter, but they cannot give threats or commit or instigate acts of violence and cannot harass the person who undergoes such intercaste marriage”.
Above mentioned judgements and provisions provide a clear view regarding the right to marriage. Now it’s upto understanding of one individual what he perceive from above provisions.
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