Even as Haryana is infamous for honour killings, the Sirsa district of the state is turning out to be a safe haven for runaway couples.
Having provided safe shelter to more than 525 runaway couples from across the country, Sirsa is becoming the favourite destination for lovers facing opposition from their families or local community.
A youth from Rajasthan and his beloved from Fatehabad are the latest such couple to get police protection following the orders of the district and sessions judge Bimlesh Tanwar’s court on Monday.
According to the available information, Duli Chand, a resident of Nohar of Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan, fell into love with a Fatehabad girl. Belonging to different castes and communities, they apprehended honour killing. The duo left their houses and reached Sirsa recently where they got married at a temple.
On Monday, they moved the district and sessions court and urged it to provide them security, wherein judge Bimlesh Tanwar sent them to the protection house till September 25.
Notably, the Sirsa sessions and district court was the first court in the state which had ordered police security for a runaway couple on May 3, 2010. The court had provided police security to more than 150 couples in 2011 alone.
Interestingly, records of the local protection house for runaway couples reveal that such couples do not only belong to the state, but also from states like Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.