The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court united an inter-caste couple by closing a Habeas Corpus Petition on the behest of the girl’s wish to live with her husband. Prathiba (23), a physiotherapist from Ramanathapuram, belonging to the Thevar community fell in love with Seenivasan (30) a Dalit boy, who was an engineer. They met over Facebook while the boy was working in Chennai and the girl was studying in ACS Medical College.
On December 9, last year, the pair entered into a wedlock by registering their marriage at the Cheyyar Sub Registrar Office. As the girl’s father, V V Subramanian, a DMK secretary of Sayalgudi Union, opposed the marriage, the couple fled to Odisha. Subramanian followed the couple to Odhisa and threatened Prathiba to leave the Dalit boy. Hence, the couples returned to Cheyyar. Subramanian then preferred a complaint with the Cheyyar All Women Police on May 15, 2013 to hand over his daughter. Prathiba, who was pregnant, faced brutality by Mangaiyarkarasi, a woman police inspector and she had an abortion. .
The girl’s parents, filed a HCP in the Madurai Bench of Madras HC stating that she had been kidnapped by her husband and prayed to set her at liberty. When the case came up for hearing, the judges directed the girl’s parents not to interfere and disturb their daughter’s life as she was a major and closed the petition.