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Panchayat threatens couple with dire consequences

india Updated: Jul 13, 2010 16:08 IST

After asking a couple who got married within the same gotra to treat each other as brother and sister, a mahapanchayat here has threatened them with "dire consequences" if they tried to enter their native Kakodh village near Ghaziabad.

Sheetal (21) and Sudhir (24), both belonging to the Jat community and the same gotra, eloped in November 2009 and got married in a temple. They returned to the village after some time and were met with stiff opposition from their parents following which they left the place.

The mahapanchayat had earlier asked Sheetal to consider Sudhir as her brother and tie a rakhi on his wrist or leave the village, prompting the couple to seek police protection.

Following the diktat of the self-styled caste council, the district administration had warned them against taking law into their hands.

District Magistrate Hridesh Kumar also directed that all the panchayat members be bound under personal sureties of Rs 1 lakh each.

On Monday, BKU leader Naresh Tikait, who presided over the mahapanchayat, said that the couple will not be allowed to enter the village and their families will be opposed by the villagers if they provide shelter to them.

"The mahapanchayat also threatened the couple with dire consequences if they return to the village," Tikait said.

The mahapanchayat has also decided to protest on July 21 against the order of the district magistrate, he said.

Meanwhile, Mahender Singh, father of the boy, has said that he will not allow his son and his wife to his house and will expel Sudhir from the family property share.