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Madras HC allows girl to live with Dalit husband

MADURAI, August 2, 2013

Closes Habeas Corpus petition filed by mother

The Madras High Court bench here on Thursday closed a habeas corpus petition filed by the of a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionary, who claimed that her daughter was kidnapped by a Dalit boy.

The petitioner, S. Dhanalakshmi, wife of V.V. Subramanian, a caste Hindu and a DMK functionary from Sayalkudi, had alleged in her petition that her daughter S. Prathiba, a physiotherapist, was kidnapped by S. Seenivasan, an engineer belonging to the community.

A division bench comprising Justices S. Rajeswaran and T. Mathivanan closed the case after Mrs. Prathiba appeared at the court and submitted that she was married to Mr. Seenivasan since September 12, 2012.

Mrs. Prathiba further told the judges that her mother had filed the case only to separate her from her . The couple was living in Odisha, where Mr. Seenivasan worked as an electrical engineer in a private company, she said.

The judges recorded her submissions and directed the petitioner to permit Mrs. Prathiba to go with her husband.

They instructed the girl’s family not to harass the couple and closed the case.

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