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Couple thrashed for marrying out of caste

punjab Updated: May 09, 2013 18:24 IST
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Hoshiarpur couple

A couple who had married against the wishes of the girl's parents were thrashed by the girl's brother and an uncle on Wednesday, and have been admitted to the local civil hospital.

Jasleen Kaur, a Jat and Pankaj Agnihotri, a Brahmin by caste, had been forced to marry in court in August 2012, as the former's parents did not approve of their relationship due to their different castes. They said they had since been running from one place to another as Jasleen's maternal uncle had threatened to kill them.

"On Facebook, he had posted messages threatening to kill my brother and and also insulted my sister," said Pankaj.

He claimed that they had returned to their native village Motian on May 6 as his father was ill. However, on May 8, his in-laws thrashed them up severly.

"A mob, including my younger brother, uncle, grandmother, aunt and others arrived at our doorstep. Without a word, my brother and uncle started beating me and my husband," said Jasleen.

"They were carrying baseball bats, rods and an iron chain. They dragged us out and tore my husband's clothes. They threatened to drag him naked by tying him to their jeep. However, the villagers intervened and they left the place," alleged Jasleen, exhitibiing the bruises on her body. She said her uncle had threatened them to leave the village or face certain death.

The Chabbewal police have registered a case against girl's brother, uncle and others.