KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Police in eastern India have rescued a Muslim man who had been shackled in chains for a month for marrying his childhood lover against the wishes of his father and village clerics, authorities said Friday.
Raghu Amin, 21, was locked in a dingy room by his father in a village in the state of West Bengal after he publicly announced his marriage to 18-year-old Sehnaaz Khatoon, who came from a poorer and lower class family, police said.
"He was chained throughout and even served food in this condition as punishment," said police officer Jay Biswas.
Many Indian marriages are still arranged and are thus fairly valuable as political and business bargaining tools. So things are naturally complicated when some ungrateful son comes along and undermines the whole thing by following his ‘heart’ and marrying for love. Since the bride was from a lower caste, he probably could have kept her on the side. We wonder what will become of these star-crossed lovers. Will the boy honor his father or follow his heart? “'Tis but thy name that is my enemy, thou art thyself though not a Montague. What is Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot, nor arm, nor face, nor any other part belonging to a man. Oh, what's in a name?”