Inter-caste couple asks apex court for security

March 7th, 2008 - 7:52 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) A newly-married couple Friday pleaded with the Supreme Court for security after the bride’s brother, angry at their inter-caste marriage, allegedly shot at and critically injured the groom’s mother and sister. The apex court asked the couple to approach the concerned high court. A bench of Justices B.N. Agarwal and G.S. Singhvi refused to entertain the plea jointly filed by Ruchi Jain Verma of Morena in Madhya Pradesh and Arunendra Narain of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, who married Feb 29 in Delhi.

According to the couple’s petition, the two first met in Delhi where the boy is pursing a PhD programme in social medicine and community health, and fell in love with each other.

The girl’s family, however, disapproved of her choice of the lower caste boy, and confined her to the house.

The girl somehow managed to escape from her parents’ house, met the boy in Delhi and the two married at an Arya Samaj temple Feb 29.

Infuriated over her decision to marry a low-caste boy, her brother Kulbhushan Jain reached Allahabad March 1 along with his friends and shot at and critically injured the boy’s mother Kamla and sister Archana.

The two women are still battling for their lives in a hospital in Allahabad.

The couple approached the apex court earlier Feb 29 for protection after the girl escaped from her parental home in Morena. But the court then too asked them to move the concerned high court.

The apex court refused to take up the matter and asked the couple to approach a high court despite the fact that the matter involves three states.

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