India judge ordered to release daughter held over lover
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's top court on Monday ordered a judge to release his 30-year-old daughter who was being detained because he disapproved of her marrying her boyfriend from a different caste.
The Supreme Court ordered Ms Supriya Rathore be reunited with her boyfriend who was forced to take legal action to have her released from her father, a high court judge in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.
"She is a major and has the liberty to make her choice in marriage," judges H.L. Dattu and C. Nagappan told the couple, who were in the court in New Delhi for the ruling.
The boyfriend, Mr Siddharath Mukherjee, had petitioned the court, saying the father, who belongs to the Hindu Rajput warrior caste, opposed his daughter marrying a man from the Bengali-speaking Brahmin caste.