Indian father sues son for marrying outside caste
PATNA (AFP) - A father in eastern India is suing his only son for defamation after he married a woman from a lower caste, saying he has damaged his reputation and social standing.
Sidhnath Sharma is seeking 10,000,000 rupees (S$206,777) in damages from his son Sushant Jasu and wants to prevent him from using the family surname, with a court hearing set to resume this weekend in Bihar state.
Sharma, a lawyer from the upper-caste Bhumihar group, said the marriage last year broke 400-odd years of tradition.
"For ages, it has been an accepted tradition of arranged marriages within your own caste," Sharma told AFP from his home in the town of Danapur, just outside the state capital Patna.