BENGALURU: The high court granted 7-day parole to convict
to enable him to attend his daughter’s nikah ceremony on Sunday.
Ordinarily, every Muslim marriage involves certain rituals that are done with the participation of parents. Even otherwise, when a young daughter is getting married, the presence of her father is desirable and consistent with the humanitarian considerations which are part of Article 21 of the Constitution, Justice Krishna S Dixit said in his order.
In his petition, Pasha’s son Abdul Rahman, a resident of Tumakuru, had sought for 30-day parole for his father to attend the marriage. Pasha is lodged in
Allowing the petition, Justice Dixit said the provisions of parole/furlough are structured on humanitarian grounds for the reprieve of those lodged in jail for long; the main purpose of releasing a serving convict on parole is to afford to him/her an opportunity to solve his personal and family problems and enable him/her to maintain links with civil society.
“The fact that a person is convicted and put behind bars does not render him destitute of all liberty and dignity. In matters like this, a humanistic approach needs to be adopted. A convict has to keep in contact with civil society, although sporadically, so that his societal roots do not dry up when he languishes in jail. Otherwise, when he returns from prison after completing his term, he may be a total stranger and life may prove hard for him. This is not a happy thing to happen in a welfare state,” Justice Dixit noted in his order.