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Ramakanta Biswas

Nabarangpur: Love finally wins despite all obstacles. The story of this couple from Raighar block of the district seems to drive home the saying.

The couple, who was forced to live separately following the order of a kangaroo court as a punishment for inter-caste marriage, has finally reunited.

Four months ago, cupid-struck Pratap Kalar of Khadanga village found his love in Fagani Gond, a girl from his own village. But as their different castes threatened to act as a killjoy in their sacred relationship, they opted for a court marriage at Kondagaon in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh and later tied the knot at a temple as per full vedic tradition.

After their marriage, when the couple returned to their native village to begin a marital journey, their inter-caste marriage did not go down well with the village court which ostracized Pratap and further imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on him.

Though he paid Rs 32,000 from the Rs 50000, he had received as incentive for inter-caste marriage, the village court separated him from his legally-wedded wife.

With no option left, he moved to Chattisgarh to work as a daily wager and earned money to pay the balance of the penalty amount and get his wife back. However, after a report of his plight in a section of media, Pratap managed to reunite with his wife.

"I married in other caste, so the villagers held a kangaroo court and separated us. As our plight was highlighted in the media, I got back my wife. Now, I am very happy to get her back in my life, "said an elated Pratap.

Fagani said she was under pressure from her family members and forced to live separately from her husband.

The couple has lodged a complaint at Raighar police station in this regard. The inspector-in-charge of the police station assured to provide protection to the couple but denied to further comment on the issue.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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