Meghalaya HC reinstates faith in law for man who married outside his Church denomination & lost job

TNT Desk | December 24, 2018

One could see it as a Christmas gift for a man from Meghalaya who had lost his job for marrying outside his Church denomination but justice was served to him by the Meghalaya High Court.

Meghalaya high court judge Justice SR Sen last week came to the rescue of a man who lost his job for marrying into a different denomination of the Church.

As per a report in The Times of India, Dasuklang Kharjana had been working as an assistant teacher at the Kynshi Presbyterian Upper Primary School in Meghalaya since 2015. In July this year, his services were abruptly terminated with verbal orders.

The reason — Kharjana, a Presbyterian, had married a Catholic.

Since then, Kharjana started making the rounds of the school, seeking some clarity on how his marriage could be grounds for removal.

With no clear response from the school administration, Kharjana moved the Meghalaya high court.

The report stated that on Thursday, the single judge bench of Justice SR Sen expressed "anguish and displeasure" at the turn of events and ordered the school to reinstate Kharjana, clear his dues and pay him Rs 50,000 as compensation.

"At the outset, I expressed my anguish and displeasure over the whole matter. No authority can stop inter-caste marriage or intersect marriage. It is purely a decision between the private party i.e. bride and groom to choose their life and their marriage is in no way connected with their service," Justice Sen stated in his order.

"After considering the arguments advanced by the learned counsel for the parties, I am really (in) shock that at this 21st century
also we are going through such narrow outlook," Justice Sen added.

Kharjana had in his plea stated that making him resign was in "violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14, 16, 19, 21, 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India"

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