A local court has asked the police to provide security to a runaway couple who fled their hometown Jhunjhun district in Rajasthan and had taken shelter in Gurgaon’s Rajendra Park area on Wednesday.
Local residents took the couple to the local court where they were allowed to marry according to Hindu rites.
The court asked the local police to provide security as the couple had sought protection as they feared backlash from their parents.
“While the parents of the boy, 22-year-old Virendra, were not opposed to the marriage, the family of Maya, 21, were totally against it,” said PL Kataria, a social activist who helped the couple get married.
The Rajasthan police, meanwhile, have lodged a complaint against the boy, a taxi driver, and have been on the lookout for the couple for the last two days. “The boy knew my neighbours who informed me about the incident. I immediately agreed to help them tie the knot as they are adults and have the right to lead a life of their choice,” said Kataria.
Fearing a threat to their lives, the couple appealed to the Rajendra Park police to accept their complaint and provide all possible help. “The court has asked us to provide them with a gunman,” said Sajjan Singh, SHO, Rajendra Park.