Woman fears ‘honour’ killing, moves court

CHENNAI: A Rajasthani woman, who married a Coimbatore youth in April this year after a two-year-long affair, has moved the Madras high court saying she apprehended “honour killing” by her relatives. A division bench, which had on July 10 allowed the 19- year-old woman to go with her parents as per her desire, recalled the earlier order on Thursday and directed her parents to be present in the court on Friday for further hearing.

Manju said she married C Sudhagar of Coimbatore in April, but they were separated by her parents. After she was taken to Rajasthan by force, Sudhagar filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court. However, on July 10 she told the judges that she wanted to go with her parents, not husband. Now, in a new petition, she said she was forced to make such a statement before the judges by her family members, who threatened to file criminal cases against the couple and get them jailed.

Manju said she escaped from her home on July 15 and rejoined her husband. They also approached the Saravanampatti police in Coimbatore, seeking protection. She said her community was known to kill a girl life if she went out of her community and married an outsider. Calling it “honour killing”, she said, “Therefore, if I am caught by my family members this time, they will not spare me and my husband. They will definitely do something to end our lives.”

A division bench of Justice S Rajeswaran and Justice P N Prakash, recalling their July 10 order which was yet to be signed by them, posted the matter to Friday when the girl’s parents have been asked to be present. As Manju said in her statement that the Saravanampatti police had held talks with her parents, the court directed the police personnel also to be present in court on Friday.

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