Tuesday, December 07, 2004

SC comes to rescue of couple who defied caste to tie knot

New Delhi, Dec. 7 (PTI): The Supreme Court today came to the rescue of a couple, who defied the all powerful Panchayat in a Haryana village and the caste inequality between them to tie the nuptial knot, by ordering police protection to them.

A Bench comprising Justice N Santosh Hegde, Justice B P Singh and Justice S B Sinha, directed the Haryana Police to give adequate protection to the couple as and when they feel there was danger to their life.

The story of the couple, belonging to Badshahpur village in Gurgaon district, could well be the script for a Bollywood blockbuster.

The boy and the girl belonging to different communities fled to Muzaffarnagar and married in a temple on July 21, 2004. They also applied for registration of their marriage.

The girl's parents came to know about her stay in Muzaffarnagar, took her away and got married to another person. She escaped from her second husband's house and united with her first husband.

When both of them were going to register the marriage in Muzaffarpur, the police detained them and handed her over to her parents after warning them not to go against the wishes of the Panchayat and parents.

She escaped yet again, and this time without going to Muzaffarnagar, headed straight to the Supreme Court with her first husband seeking protection to lead a peaceful married life.

Source: The Hindu, December 07, 2004

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