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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court in Berhampur on Saturday ordered a woman, who has staged dharna in front of her in-laws' house, to stay in a Sakhi centre, a one-stop centre for women, till the next hearing date, which is on November 29.  

Tapaswini Dash, the protesting bride, however, refused to stay at the shelter home and threatened to continue her protest till she was accepted by her husband.

As per reports, during the hearing of the case, the SDJM court today asked the woman to stay at Sakhi centre while adjourning the next hearing to November 29. The Court also directed Baidyanathpur Police to provide her security at the centre. 

However, the woman alleged injustice was done to her and refused to move to the shelter home. 

"I will continue my protest in front of my in-laws' house without taking food until I get justice," she said.

Crying her heart out, she further questioned, "Why such injustice is done to me? Is there any law to prevent a bride from entering her in-laws' house? Why should I go to Sakhi centre?"

Speaking about the court's order, Tapaswini's lawyer Harekrushna Reddy said, "We had appealed to the court to grant us interim relief as she had filed a petition to stay at her in-laws' house with her husband. We all have to wait till the next hearing which is on November 29."

On the other hand, the woman's father-in-law, Pramod Sahu said, "They should respect court's order and act accordingly. As a father, I respect their decision and it is my duty to resolve the issue for which I am waiting for the court's order. I will respect and follow the court's directives."

It is pertinent to mention here that Tapaswini has been protesting in front of her in-laws' house for the past six days. The incident had drawn attention from all quarters. Her demand was to stay with her husband for which she had filed a petition at the SDJM court and the first hearing was conducted today. 

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