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Court support for inter-caste,runaway marriages

Adopting a favourable view of inter-caste and runaway marriages,a city court has said that such weddings should not be looked down upon by society and that the law enforcement agencies were obligated to protect such couples.

Adopting a favourable view of inter-caste and runaway marriages,a city court has said that such weddings should not be looked down upon by society and that the law enforcement agencies were obligated to protect such couples.

The court,while adjudicating one such petition by a runaway couple,further noted that their families could not interfere in their married life if the boy and the girl were major and had taken the decision with mutual consent.

“Runaway marriages are a manifestation of general change. It is a result of the stringent caste system. Such marriages should not be viewed with bad eyes,” said the court.

The girl,who is 18,had married the boy at an Arya Samaj temple,on July 15. The couple complained that the girl’s parents had threatened to kill them.

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Coming to their rescue,the court in its recent order,has directed the police to give them protection. Parents of an ‘upper’ caste girl,who married a Scheduled Caste boy,were also restrained from interfering in their life by the court which noted that they were living in constant fear and had taken shelter in a secret place.

“There is no dearth of incidents in our country where such persons are harassed for marrying against the wishes of their parents. It even involves the barbarous crime of honour killing. It is an obligation of the defendants (girl’s parents) not to interfere in the married life of the plaintiffs (couple) as they are major and free to act as they like …,” the court said in its order.

First published on: 07-12-2009 at 03:35:16 am
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