A Rajasthan High Court Single Bench denied the Police protection to a runaway couple who filed a plea citing serious threat to their life.
The plea was filed by an 18-year-old girl and a 21-year-old boy who married after eloping from their families. They then approached the High Court seeking police protection on grounds of threat to their life and Liberty.
The Court observed that the petitioners must have the courage to accept the step that they have taken.
The court denied the police protection by taking into consideration the issue at hand and looking into the circumstances of the runaway couple.
“Upon perusal of the pleadings, this court doesn’t find any serious threat perception to the petitioners and therefore, there is no requirement of passing any order for providing police protection to them in light of the judgement of Honourable the Supreme Court in the case of Lata Singh Vs State of UP and Anr, wherein it has been held that the courts are not protected to such youths, who have simply fled to marry according to their own wishes.”
The court also added that the although the court can provide security to the couple, but it cannot lend them the support that they have sought. They have to support each other and face society.
The court rejected the plea of the couple and said that it will intervene if any person attacks or misbehaves with them, the police will be there to rescue, but the court cannot claim security as a matter of course or right.