Would you want your wedding guests to be all policemen and a court to oversee the proceedings? For right or for wrong, a couple from Fazilka solemnised inter-caste marriage under police escort and protection at the Mansa Devi temple on Wednesday.
The only relative of the couple that attended the ceremony was the brother-in-law of the groom.
The police said the Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the cops to get the marriage solemnised under security and to produce the couple before the high court.
The couple — Pooja (20), a graduate, and Kuldeep Singh(21) — had sought refuge at the Sector-19 police protection after filing a case in the high court, stating that their parents were against their marriage due to their different castes.
PRIEST ALSO ARRANGED BY COPS
Inspector Rakesh Kumar escorted the couple in a police Gypsy with 10 cops to the Mansa Devi temple at about 3pm, where a priest had been arranged. Police and the staff members of protection centre attended the wedding.
After the rituals and the ceremonies, the police produced the couple in the Punjab and Haryana high court with a marriage certificate from the temple.
From there, the police bid adieu to them.
Department officials claimed that in her petition before the high court, the to-be-bride had claimed she did not want to go home as her parents would not let her marry her lover.
The court referred them to the protection centre in Sector 19 and their wedding was solemnised.