Supreme Court ordered protection to Inter- caste married couple

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On Friday Supreme Court had told the Haryana police to give protection to the newly wedded couple as they were facing life threats from the girl’s parents and also from Khap panchayat of Haryana, as they had married out of the caste. Justice Amitava Roy and Justice Prafulla C Pant who headed the vacation bench had directed the police of Haryana to give security to Ashish and Bharti. Ashish works in AIIMS. When the couple approached the court stating that their lives were in danger and some strangers were trying to influence them with the force of the girl’s parents and relatives.

Bharti had stated in her petition that she had complained at Kotwali police station in Faridabad but they had not acted on the case. She had complained in her complaint that if any harm comes to her then it would be from her parent’s uncles both paternal and maternal uncle and they should be held responsible for it. In the hearing the court asked that the couple should be present but the lawyer representing the couple Sugriva Dubey, said the court that he had told the couple to stay hidden and not come out openly. For this the Court asked if there was threat in the premises of the Supreme Court. After issuing notice to Haryana and Delhi police Supreme Court asked the couple to get their marriage registration done sooner as it is mandatory.

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Sugriv Dubey told the court that the girl was a major person and had solemnised marriage with Ashish with consent, who was from Uttar Pradesh as per Hindu rites and this was against their family wishes. The couple had got married in an Arya Samaj Mandir. The girl had told the court that her parents were trying to kill her husband and herself and they were supported by the Khap panchayat members to do so. Khap of Haryana had told and decided on their matter. In this era too Khaps play an important role in solving public problems in Haryana.  Khaps encourages the citizens and delivers the judgements.  Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had told that Khap panchayat have been a great contributor in solving many social problems and is part of the traditions.

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by Sushma Javare.