Bangalore cops play counsellor to runaway teenage couple

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Bangalore:  Love maybe blind, but cannot override the law. The Bangalore police recently counselled a 19-year-old call centre employee, who had eloped and married his 23-year-old girlfriend. The marriage was declared null and void, since he is a minor.

The couple met through friends and the friendship soon blossomed in love. He proposed to her and since he knew that his parents wouldn't allow a marriage, he decided to elope with her.

Strangely, it was the girl's parents, who without considering the boy's age helped the couple go to Chennai, and even arranged their marriage on Christmas day. Meanwhile, the boy's anxious parents searched for him, and found that he had married, and was living in his in-laws' house in Basavanagar.

When his parents went to meet him, he not only refused to come with them, but also abused them, and asked them to leave him alone. The heartbroken parents rushed to the police, seeking their help. Based on the complaint, the police summoned the boy and his in-laws, who finally agreed to send him back to his parents.

After counseling both the parties, the police called the marriage off, since he is a minor. "We have taken undertaking from both the boy and his in-laws that they won't bother each other until he attains the marriageable age," said a sub-inspector who is looking into the case. 


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