Supreme Court to hear couple’s plea for protection:Inter-caste marriage

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the plea of a newly-wed couple seeking protection from their kin.The couple’s plea was mentioned for urgent hearing before a vacation bench of Justices P C Pant and Amitava Roy, with their lawyer seeking a direction to the police to grant them protection.

SUPREME_COURT Inter-caste marriage

According to the plea, an adult girl solemnised Inter-caste marriage with one Ashish, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, in an Arya Samaj temple as per Hindu rites against the wishes of her family.

The girl, hailing from Haryana, was residing “happily with her husband in Faridabad”, the plea said and claimed that her parents, on the directions of a ‘khap panchayat’, were trying kill her and her husband.

Khap panchayats, prevalent in northern India, are village councils generally dominated by members of a single clan or caste.

The couple has claimed they had approached the police in Faridabad seeking protection, but did not get any support.

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