|Caste-conscious Indian ordered to free captive daughter
India's top court ordered a judge release his 30-year-old daughter who had been detained because he disapproved of her marrying her boyfriend from a different caste.
The Supreme Court ordered Supriya Rathore be reunited with her boyfriend who was forced to take legal action to free her from her father, a high court judge in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.
“She is a major and has the liberty to make her choice in marriage,'' judges H.L. Dattu and C. Nagappan told the couple, who were in the court in New Delhi for the ruling, AFP reports.
The boyfriend, Siddharath Mukherjee, had petitioned the court, saying the father, who belongs to the Hindu Rajput warrior caste, opposed his daughter marrying a man from the Bengali-speaking Brahmin caste.
Acting on the boyfriend's petition, the court ordered police on December 12 to transport Supriya to New Delhi for today's hearing.
“I have no complaints against anyone including my parents,'' Supriya told the court during the hearing.
“I love them all but I want to go with Siddharath Mukherjee as I want to marry him,'' she said, as the court offered her protection if she felt threatened in any way.
So called honour killings also still occur in India, which usually result from disputed inter-caste relationships that see male family members murder their daughter or sister for bringing “dishonor'' on the family.