Divorce deed declared invalid
Kalaiselvi (22) and Kaliaraj (24) got married in March 2001 and were living together in Dindigul till April 2002. Ms.Kalaiselvi, who went to visit her father, was detained in Madurai and later her kin got the marriage "cancelled" by a registered document. However, when she joined a private company next year and stayed in a working women's hostel in Madurai, the couple "revived" the marriage. In April this year, Ms. Kalaiselvi was forcibly taken away to Sri Lanka, where she was under her brother's custody. After she managed to contact her company, Mr.Kaliaraj preferred a habeas corpus petition. Entertaining the plea, the High Court directed her local relatives to produce her in court on October 13.
When she was produced before a Bench, comprising Justice K.P.Sivasubramaniam and Justice R.Banumathi, she told the judges that the marriage was annulled against their wishes and that they were forced to sign documents.
The judges said, "we are of the view that the document (cancelling the marriage) would have no legal validity in the eye of law. It nullifies a valid, legal marriage. We have personally enquired the detenu. She expressed her willingness only to go with her husband, who is also very anxious to take her back."
Protection to couple
As for an apprehension expressed by the couple that their life and liberty might be harmed by her relatives, the judges said, "in view of such an apprehension, the Commissioner of Police, Madurai, is directed to afford sufficient protection to them for one month, if necessary for two months, to enable them to have a peaceful life."
They further warned the girl's relatives of stern action if they interfered with her life, and directed them to hand over her personal belongings and educational certificates to the girl immediately.