Intercaste couple to get protection: Haryana govt
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 02, 2011, 23:33
Chandigarh: Haryana government on Wednesday said it will ensure protection to a bureaucrat couple who are marrying outside their castes.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said law enforcing agencies will intervene if a need was felt to do so after some media reports suggested that the family of an Indian Foreign Service officer Neelam Sharma had received threats and faced protests from her caste group and a section of the village panchayat in Bhiwani district for her decision to marry an IAS officer outside her caste.

"If a need is felt to intervene, we will take its own course," Hooda told reporters here when asked to comment on the issue.

He, however, said the matter did not pertain to any diktat from a Khap or caste-council.

Neelam Sharma, who is currently posted at the Indian mission in Moscow, is set to marry IAS officer Kuldeep Yadav in Delhi later this month.

Yadav and Sharma had met during their training and the former is currently posted as Additional District Magistrate in Godhra, Gujarat.

However, Neelam Sharma's brother Umesh tried to play down the issue.

"It is a matter between two families, which has been played up by the media. The issue has been blown out of proportions and too much hype has been given. Reports that our family has received threats are not true. We request to the media not to play up the matter," Umesh told PTI over phone.

The reports had pointed out that tension had been brewing in the village over the past few days over the wedding plans, with Brahmin Sabha, in Bhiwani district, holding a meeting with the Patranwali village panchayat on October 30, in which directions were reportedly issued to Sharma's father Ram Kumar to restrain his daughter from marrying a man from another caste.

Sharma is an upper caste Brahmin while Yadav, who hails from Rewari district in Haryana, belongs to the Ahir community.


First Published: Wednesday, November 02, 2011, 23:33

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