Even in 2020 as the world is fighting the coronavirus the virus of caste is forcing many people to live a subhuman existence. Allahabad High court in its ruling yesterday has emphasised that “the Right to choose a partner of choice is a fundamental Right” irrespective of religion or caste.
Despite the constitutional provisions and progressive court rulings, society and state make it extremely difficult for inter-caste and inter-religious marriages to happen. It is not surprising that in India, only 5% of marriages are intercaste. Most often it the girl’s family that use criminal charges of abduction, and POCSO to punish the man and his family. The police also work at the behest of parents’ families and go to all extent to invalidate such marital unions.
One such incident happened in Kalaburagi, Karnataka. Ayyappa, a Dalit man married a girl from an upper caste in a temple and the newly married couple left the town. The girl’s family upon knowledge of this marriage filed a missing person complaint at the police station last week. The police acted on the missing person complaint and summoned Ayyappa’s parents to the Kalaburgi district.
Tukaram and Sujatha were picked up from their home and were beaten up by the women police staff on Saturday night. The incident came to light when the couple admitted themselves to the hospital the next day for the injuries sustained- New Indian Express reported. After the incident, Tukaram is worried about his son.
Some Dalit organisations have intervened in the matter and demanded strict action against the police personnel who had beaten the police.