Village bars entry to couple for having a love marriage

Last Updated: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 19:44

Greater Noida: Close on the heels of the controversy sparked by Taliban-like diktats of a panchayat in Baghpat, another village in Uttar Pradesh has barred entry to a couple who married against the wishes of their parents.

Omvir, resident of Jherli village under Rabupura area in Greater Noida, and his wife have approached authorities claiming threat to their life, following which police have been directed to give them protection.

Omvir had fallen in love with a girl of another community. The two eloped and went to Ghaziabad registrar office, where their marriage was registered on September 22, last year.

The girl’s parents lodged an FIR against the boy accusing him of luring away their minor daughter. However, on June 23 this year, a court held their marriage valid and treated the girl as an adult and not a minor as claimed by her parents.

In their complaint to the police, the couple alleged that when they went to the village, they were barred entry by the residents.

The couple wrote to top police brass and the District Magistrate claiming that they were getting threats from villagers and sought protection.
The Senior Superintendent of Police has directed the local SHO to provide security to couple, officials said.

A panchayat in a Baghpat`s Asara village on Friday banned love marriages and barred women below 40 years from going out for shopping and using mobile phones.

First Published: Monday, July 16, 2012 - 19:44

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