In dramatic events at the Allahabad High Court today, Ajitesh Kumar, whose marriage to Sakshi Misra, the daughter of a BJP lawmaker, prompted the couple to claim they feared for their lives, was assaulted by unknown persons.
In dramatic events at the Allahabad High Court today, Ajitesh Kumar, whose marriage to Sakshi Misra, the daughter of a BJP lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh, prompted the couple to claim they feared for their lives, was repeatedly slapped by unknown persons.
The attack on Mr Kumar occurred while the couple was about to enter the courtroom and still under police protection, after having travelled from Noida where they were being kept in protective custody.
“As they were about to enter the courtroom Ajitesh was beaten while in police protection. Only Ajitesh was beaten up. It is not known who these people are, but it proves there is indeed a threat to their life for which they are seeking protection,” the couple’s lawyer said.
In the hearing that followed the assault, the High Court reportedly upheld the validity of the couple’s marriage. The court also expressed its anger at Rajesh Misra, the bride’s lawmaker father, and directed authorities to provide the couple with necessary protection.
Sakshi Misra, 23, the daughter of Rajesh Misra, a legislator from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, married Ajitesh Kumar, 29, at a temple in Prayagraj on July 4. She then posted a video on social media asking for protection from the court because she felt her husband and she were in danger from her father for marrying outside her caste.
In the video, which went viral, Sakshi Misra refers to her father and brother using their nicknames “Pappu Bhartaul” and “Vicky Bhartaul”.
“Papa and Vicky, I mean Honourable MLA Pappu Bhartaul ji and Vicky Bhartaul ji, please live and let us live in peace… I really am married, I am not wearing sindoor for fashion,” she says, as a man who appears to be her husband holds up a mobile phone to record her statement.
“Papa, you have sent your goons after me…like Rajiv Rana… I am tired… We are tired of running around and our life is in danger. Vicky and Papa, stop troubling Abhi and his relatives. You live in peace, do politics. I want to be happy and free,” she says in the video.
The BJP lawmaker has denied his daughter’s charge and said there was “a political conspiracy” against him. He also claimed he had objected to his daughter’s marriage not because of caste but because of the age difference and her husband’s low income.
Ms Misra, however, refuted her father’s claims.
“I have lived in that house and I know they believe in the caste system. I am sure if I had told them that I wanted to marry a man from my own caste, they would not have approved of the relationship even then,” she added.