Two men who recently married each other have been directed by an Uttar Pradesh panchayat to leave the village for their “immoral behaviour”, police said on Monday.
Issuing the diktat, the panchayat in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district, some 350 km from in Lucknow, Sunday evening also ordered the villagers not to keep any kind of contact with the duo. The village council also said that those found helping the two would have to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.
According to locals, Kale, 26, and Aurangzeb, 50 -- both natives of Neemkhera village in Bulandshahr had secretly married each other 10 days ago.
“No one was aware of their immoral relationship, until Kale Sunday told his parents that he would leave them and would go to live with Aurangzeb, whom he had accepted as a husband," Tarachand, a local, told reporters.
“When Kale's parents discussed the matter with their neighbour, the news spread like wildfire after which the two were produced before the panchayat," he added.
Initially, the couple were asked to dissolve their marriage. However, when they refused, it was decided that the two would have to leave the village within three days, locals said.
While Kale is unmarried, Aurangzeb has a wife, who a few years ago moved to her parents house after some marital dispute, they added.
When contacted, police inspector Naresh Kumar Singh told IANS: “Local journalists have brought the matter to our knowledge. We have initiated an inquiry into the matter and will take necessary steps."
"The two men have not approached the police personally to seek protection or any kind of help," he added.