The upper castes are not the only ones guilty of tormenting people who marry outside their own caste. A Dalit woman was allegedly beaten and her head tonsured by her parents for marrying against their wishes.
The New Indian Express reported that the incident occurred in Warangal, Telangana.
The NIE quoted police sources saying that the couple Veena and Praveen Kumar, who were in a relationship, eloped and got married against the wishes of former's parents at Chilpurgutta on December 28, 2017.
The couple allegedly received threats from the girl's family and demanded police protection. After registering the complaint the police, along with local corporator Veerabikshapati, counselled the woman's parents. The couple went back to the village to live in Praveen's house.
All was well until Praveen had to leave the village for work. In the absence of Praveen, Veena’s parents, brothers and sister-in-laws went to the house and took her forcefully to their residence. They reportedly beat her up and tonsured her head.
Hearing about the incident, Praveen immediately rushed to Hasanparthy police station and informed the police, who rushed with a team to Veena's parents’ house and rescued her.
Police have registered a case against Veena’s parents and an investigation is on.
Praveen told the New Indian Express that despite police counselling the parents they tortured his wife. "We fear that this could happen again hence we need police protection till the matter is settled," he said.