KARIMNAGAR: A family has been ostracised for marrying outside their caste by the community at Shivarampalli in Saidapur mandal in Karimnagar district.
Keshiveni Prashanth (20), a youth belonging to Mudiraj community fell in love with Sunayana (20) of Armoor in Nizamabad district and married her with the consent of his parents one-and-a-half years ago.
Sunayana (20) belongs to Kuruma, a pastoral community.
The marriage invited the wrath of the elders in Prashanth’s community.
Since then the family has been experiencing social boycott.
The leaders allegedly restrained members of the community from interacting with the family members of Prashanth, inviting them to marriages and other functions and even selling things to them.
This has caused physical, mental and emotional issues to the family, said Prashanth.
Prashanth is residing in his ancestral home along with his wife and parents. The couple has a two-month-old child.
As the harassment and discrimination grew unendurable, Prashanth approached police authorities but in vain.
All their efforts to reconcile with the communtiy turned futile.
Prashanth said that he had paid `15,000 to the community as directed by the elders to end the discrimination, but to no avail.
“The community leaders are harassing us and threatening my parents that they will excommunicate us as I married a girl outside the caste,” Prashanth said.
Though the couple approached Saidapur police and Huzurabad sub-divisional police, there was no respite.
The police called community leaders for reconciliation and washed their hands as the leaders were in no mood to accept them.
Later, community leaders started harassing Prashanth and his family for approaching the police.
Prashanth added that the discrimination was intolerable..
“Is it an unpardonable sin to marry a girl outside the community,” he asked.