"They tonsured my head, saying that I deserved the insult for not listening to my parents," the woman told reporters.

Telangana woman forcibly tonsured by parents for marrying by choice
news Crime Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 08:14

In a shocking incident, a couple in Padipally village in Telangana's Warangal district allegedly thrashed their daughter and tonsured her head, after she married a man against their wish. 

According to the police, the victim, identified as Laxmi*, fell in love with one Praveen Kumar and the duo decided to get married.

However, when Praveen Kumar approached Laxmi's parents with a proposal, they rejected it and threatened the man against speaking to their daughter.

Despite this, Laxmi and Praveen managed to elope and get married at Chilpurgutta on December 28 last year.

According to reports, the police had counselled the woman's parents, after the couple complained that they were being threatened. The local corporator is also reported to have intervened and advised the woman's parents. 

The couple then returned to their village, and continued living there after an assurance by the police.

Earlier this week, the police said that the woman's parents and brothers visited Laxmi's house and assaulted her, before she was taken to Jammikunta town and tonsured. 

Praveen informed the police of the incident and lodged a complaint, following which officials summoned the woman’s family members.

Speaking to mediapersons, Laxmi said, "We have been loving each other for four years. When they learnt about it at home, they brought me back from Hyderabad. Since then, they have been torturing me and even said that they will look for another suitor."

"That is why I left the house, and married the person I want to. After the wedding, we were staying away. After assurances by the local corporator, we moved back to our village. They took me till Jammikunta and tonsured my head, saying that I deserved the insult for not listening to my parents," she added.

The accused have been detained by the police and further investigation is ongoing.

 

*Name changed

 

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