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Love marriage: Couple faces threats to quit village

After banning mobile phones and jeans for women and girls in the village, a group of people in Asara village of Baghpat has told a couple to either leave the village or be ready to face the consequences. The couple’s fault is that they got married after falling in love, which is forbidden in the village.

lucknow Updated: Aug 12, 2013 11:07 IST
S.Raju

After banning mobile phones and jeans for women and girls in the village, a group of people in Asara village of Baghpat has told a couple to either leave the village or be ready to face the consequences.

The couple’s fault is that they got married after falling in love, which is forbidden in the village.

The distraught couple reported the matter to the police on Saturday and sought security during their stay in the village.

The top cop of the district police has directed the Ramala police station to initiate action against the accused persons and to ensure the safety of the couple.

“No one can compel the couple to move out of the village,” said SP of Baghpat Luxmi Singh, adding that she had told the cops to initiate stringent action against those who had threatened the couple.

Mobin Khan, who is a resident of Asara village, fell in love with a girl Aasma of his neighbourhood and they got married with the consent of both the families three years ago.

But a group of villagers did not like their marriage and mounted pressure on their families to ensure that they did not live in the village.

Succumbing to the pressure, the couple finally shifted to Delhi where Mobin began his transport business to earn his livelihood.

Anticipating that the villagers’ anger against their love marriage would have died out, they returned to their village after three years to celebrate Eid along with their family members.

But the joy of festival turned into a nightmare for Mobin and his family when a group of villagers came to his house on Saturday morning and told Mobin and his family to either leave the village immediately or be ready to face dire consequences for defying the decree of panchayat issued after their marriage.

The scared Mobin reported the matter to circle officer Ghanshyam Singh and urged him to provide security during his stay in the village.

Asara came into limelight last year when a panchayat convened by the villagers banned the use of mobile phone and jeans for girls and women and also directed them not to go to the market alone.

As a result of this, similar bans were also imposed on girls and women in other villages, which caused a row between progressive and conservative groups in the area.

Terming it a biased attitude of the maledominated society Atul Sharma, president of an NGO Sankalp, demanded similar code of conduct for boys and men.

“They impose ban only on girls and women and nothing happens to those who create troubles for them,” she said, urging youngsters to raise their voice against such discrimination.