BJP MLA’s daughter, husband get security
Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Rajesh Mishra’s daughter and son-in-law were assaulted on Monday, minutes after the Allahabad high court ordered police protection for the couple days after they sought it saying they feared for their lives because of their intercaste marriage.
Sakshi, 23, and Ajitesh Kumar, 29, were assaulted in the court’s corridor. The police intervened and took the couple to the office of the court’s registrar general. They were later safely escorted out of the court premises.
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Police said that there were around 500 people outside the court and some unidentified people from the crowd hit the couple. The attackers were not identified and no arrests were made until late on Monday.
Sakshi moved the court last Thursday seeking security on the grounds that she feared for her life because her Brahmin family was opposed to her marriage with a Dalit. In her petition to the court, she said they were adults who got married on July 4 of their own free will.
Earlier on Monday, the court directed the police to ensure that Mishra or his family members do not interfere with the couple’s married life. It also directed the police to ensure the couple’s lawyer Vikas Rana is not harmed.
Justice Siddharth Verma also asked the couple to have their marriage registered. “If the marriage was not registered within two months, then this court order will automatically stand vacated,” he said.
The court also issued a notice to Mishra regarding the claims made in Sakshi’s petition. “Because of the seriousness of the matter, the court has also issued a notice to Rajesh Mishra to file his reply in the case and also directed that I may given security, if necessary, for my safety,” said Rana.
Mishra issued a statement last Thursday denying allegations.