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  • The Hon’ble HC of Rajasthan has, in the case titled Shobha and anr. vs. State of Rajasthan and ors., has denied police protection to the runaway couple, stating that there is no evidence on record to suggest that they were under threat from their families.
  • Justice Dinesh Mehta has stated that if the petitioners have decided to marry, then they must muster the courage to tell their families about it and to persuade them and the society to accept the steps they have taken.
  • The Court further observed that in a deserving case, the Court can provide security to the couple, but the Court cannot lend them the support that they have sought. The couple must learn to support each other and face society.
  • In the instant case, the petitioners: a 21 year old boy and an 18 year old girl had approached the Court by way of a writ petition seeking police protection.
  • While denying them relief, the Court relied upon the judgement of the Apex Court in the case of Lata Singh vs. State of UP and Anr. (AIR 2006)SC in which it was held that the Courts are not meant to provide protection to such couples who have simply run away from their home in order to get married according to their own wishes.
  • The Court observed that there was no evidence of serious threat to the life and liberty of the petitioners. Therefore there was no requirement of granting them police protection. The Court further said that if any person misbehaves or threatens them, then the Courts and the police are there to come to their rescue however the couple cannot claim security as a matter of right.
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