“They are not allowing us to enter"
A newly-married Indian interfaith couple have left their village after being forced out by the bride’s family.
The couple both resided in a village in West Bengal’s Nalhati area.
After engaging in a love affair for a number of years, the pair tied the knot on June 25, 2021.
However, according to the husband, his bride’s family refuse to accept the marriage.
He claimed they have been threatening them since the wedding, and have even forced them out of their village, causing them to take shelter elsewhere.
The husband said: “They are not allowing us to enter the village.
“I wrote a letter to the Nalhati Police Station on July 13 but there was no help.”
After being forced by the bride’s family to leave their home behind, the couple travelled to another village to take shelter at a relative’s house.
However, the bride’s father quickly filed a complaint against his son-in-law for kidnapping his daughter.
Speaking of the incident, Birbhum’s Superintendent of Police Nagendra Tripathi said:
“We are investigating the matter.”
Interfaith and intercaste marriages remain frowned upon in India, with many couples facing threats from their families and communities.
Just recently, an interfaith wedding was called off after the bride’s community protested against it.
The parents of a Hindu bride made the decision to cancel her wedding with a Muslim man after their Hindu community took a stand against it.
After the couple’s wedding invitation card got leaked to a WhatsApp group, the bride’s community began to threaten her family.
They described the upcoming wedding as a ‘love jihad’, and urged the family to call off the wedding.
According to the bride’s father, the family would receive threats over the phone and he saw no other option but to cancel the ceremony.
Before it was called off, the wedding was due to take place in Maharashtra’s Nashik district on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
Despite the ceremony being cancelled, the interfaith couple are already legally married.
According to reports, the marriage was legally registered at a Nashik court in May 2021, with both families present.
Both families are also standing by the couple’s choice to marry each other and reportedly have no plans to force them to separate.
The families of the bride and groom allegedly knew each other previously and agreed to the interfaith marriage.