Meerut : Denouncing ‘ samegotra ‘ marriage of neighbours , a village panchayat in Meerut has given an ultimatum to the youth’s family to ” return the woman within five days or face excommunication ” .
The incident occurred in Meerut’s Gotka village in Sardhanatehsil where two individuals from the Thakur community in their early 20s eloped and got married in a temple , drawing the entire community’s wrath .
The ultimatum came after a panchayat meeting was held on Sunday in which people of the Thakur community from several villages participated , including ex – BJP MLA Sangeet Som , who asked the families to ” resolve the matter amicably and form a 10 – member committee to take a decision . “
Reacting to the matter , Ashok Singh , who runs a small school in the village , and was one of the senior participants of the panchayat , said . ” We do not accept this matrimonial alliance as it tears apart the social fabric . It is against our tradition as a daughter of the village can not become its daughter in – law . All the residents of the village have one ancestor which means all of them are brothers and sisters . ”
Echoing similar sentiments , Rishipal Singh , one of the panchayat members , said , ” This marriage will set a bad precedent and embolden others to do the same . Hence , a strong message is needed socially as we cannot do much legally . “
Tanu and Shubham had married each other in a temple in Meerut on May 20 but kept it a secret from Ta nu’s family . However , on September 12 , when the news of their secret wedding became public , they got their marriage registered in Sardhana tehsil .
Later , fearing threat to their lives , the two had also approached the SSP office for protection .
SSP Meerut , Rohit Singh Sajwan , said , ” The couple had approached me five days ago and had sought protection . We will provide them protection if there is a threat .
Meanwhile , Tanu’s father , De ender Singh , claimed . ” My daughter Tanu , who is pursuing BSc , was going to college on September 22 when Shubham forcefully took her away We had approached the police but not much could be achieved . “