Every father dreams of performing kanyadaan for his daughter at her wedding. It doesn’t matter if the said father is a convict. His dream of watching his daughter get married is still precious and important. And the High Court seems to have recognised this.

 In what can be termed as a humanitarian judgement, the court allowed Manohar Malade (49), his two sons Amogond (23) and Siddeshwar (21) to witness the wedding of Rajashri, a daughter a sister to the three.

The trio, convicted with murder and intimidation by the Tikota police, are undergoing trial. Earlier, they approached the Sessions Court and applied for bail to attend Rajashri’s wedding. However, the court denied it saying they aren’t eligible for bail.

Later, they approached the High Court and attached a wedding invitation card to their memo. Upon hearing their case, the High Court said that still aren’t eligible for bail but can be escorted from the Vijayapura Central jail for a few hours.

Justice KS Mudagal, in his judgement said, “The jurisdictional police and the Superintendent of the Central Prison, Vijayapura and the Sessions Court, Vijayapura, in co-ordination with each other, shall make arrangement for the attendance of the petitioners to the wedding of Rajashri — daughter of petitioner No.1 at Kudala Sri Sangameshwara Temple, Nevargi of Indi Taluk, Vijayapura District under proper police escort,” according to Bangalore Mirror.

Malade and his sons were escorted from the Vijayapura prison on May 23 morning and returned to the prison at 6 pm on the same day. The trio was arrested by the police after they received a complaint from Lalitha, wife of Mahadev Malade.

She said the two families sparred over a property dispute. She alleged that her husband was assaulted, chased and killed by Manohar and his sons. A civil case is still pending about the dispute in the court.