Friday, February 11, 2011
Mukhtiyari Rani, 19, daughter of Pakistani national Meer Chand had been living in the village for about last five years. The family, hailing from Laiya in Multan of Pakistan, had come to India along with scores of other Pak Hindu families who alleged that they were being ill-treated due to their religion.
She fell in love with a local youth Virender Balhara, 25, about two and a half years back. The couple fled from their houses to tie the nuptial knot in an Arya Samaj temple in Delhi on February 6. The newly-weds who approached the police for security have been lodged in the protection home in Rohtak.
The girl's family however has lodged a complaint with the police against the youth alleging that he had lured their daughter. Though the police expressed helpless to take any action as the girl is over 18.
Rani told The Times of India, "Entire village including our families have been aware of our affair. When I expressed my desire to marry Virender, my parents objected to my affair and denied permission. We had no option, but to elope."
Her family comprising parents and three younger brothers are living in the village for last five years. While her husband, Virender, a middle school dropout, maintained that his family had no problems with their relationship. In fact other villagers too had granted permission for the wedding. "Rani's family has been against our marriage even as entire village was supportive. My family is happy and even came to meet us and also provided us homemade food in the protection home," he stated.
His father, Jai Singh, said they are keen to welcome the couple, but girl's family was still adamant. "I have been trying to persuade the family and hope that they too will approve the marriage"
Rohtak SSP however informed that the couple had been put in the protection home and cops have been provided to them for security. "Though girl's father has lodged a complaint against the youth, the girl has stated that she took the decision to marry the youth out of her own free will," SSP said.