Indian community separates husband, wife owing to 'sibling'

A low-caste Hindu community council in a north Indian village ordered annulment a marriage and declared the couple sibling because their birth charts showed they had a common family hierarchy, the Hindustan Times reported Sunday.

Indian community separates husband, wife owing to 'sibling'
A low-caste Hindu community council in a north Indian village ordered annulment a marriage and declared the couple sibling because their birth charts showed they had a common family hierarchy, the Hindustan Times reported Sunday.

The council of Oindh village in the Haryana state also took the couple's 10-day-old child into its possession and fined their families Rs 60,000 (around 1,500 U.S. dollars), for marrying off the man and the woman, who it said belonged to the same "gotra" or family tree hierarchy, which goes back centuries.

"Their marriage was illegal and against social norms, and hence, so the council has ordered them to live separately and also took into its possession their 10-day-old baby," council head Rajesh Kumar was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

The couple, Pawan and Kavita, fell in love and got married two years ago.

Within the Hindu customs and traditions, the chance of inter-marriages amongst the cousins is avoided by the use of comparing the birth charts, and in addition, to ensure that the boy and the girl are not of the same "gotra".

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