High Court Orders Protection to Runaway Hindu-Muslim Couple

November 7, 2009

Author: Shibu Thomas

Source: The Times of India


A Pune-based Kashmiri, Sabeena Langoo (22), had moved the high court seeking protection against alleged threats from her kin following her marriage to Ravi Tiwari from Bihar, prompting a division bench of Justices J N Patel and Amjad Sayed to direct the Saki Naka police to provide security to the couple. 

Sabeena, a resident of Koregaon Park but originally from a Kashmiri Muslim family, met Ravi (26) when he went to Pune to pursue his MBA and fell in love. Sabeena, brought up in a strict Muslim household, inevitably faced opposition from her parents. 

Matters reached a head earlier this year, when Sabeenas parents took her to their native place to get her married, Sabeena said in her petition. She escaped from her house in Kashmir and got married to Ravi in a temple in Khar (W) on October 8 in accordance with Vedic rites. Sabeena also converted to Hinduism and changed her name to Anusha. 

The couple then found a place in the city, but Sabeenas family traced Ravis ancestral house in Bihar. The Bihar police went to his house and threatened Ravis family to give up Sabeena or face consequences.