An 18-year-old Vanniyar girl who eloped with a Scheduled Caste boy, attended her father’s funeral on Sunday following a Madras High Court order. The court has also ordered that counselling be provided for the girl. Justice K.B.K.Vasuki passed the order on a petition by the girl’s mother at a special sitting at the Judge’s residence on Sunday.

Priya alias Vishnu Priya, an engineering student, had run away with Ranjith. Two days later, her father, Ravi, committed suicide. The incident was similar to the one at Dharmapuri last year where the father of a girl who married an SC boy, ended his life. The youth Ilavarasan’s body was found by the side of a railway track in Dharmapuri on July 4.

In the present case, Manjula of Sholavaram, on the city’s northern outskirts, the girl’s mother, filed the petition. Priya was brought from a Home and produced before the Judge who enquired her willingness to attend the funeral. She expressed her willingness. Considering the actual local situation as stated by the police, the family circumstances and the girl’s willingness and on the undertaking of the petitioner and her brother-in-law, the court said it was inclined to permit the petitioner to attend her father’s funeral. It was held on Sunday.

The court said the girl should be brought to the Government Vigilance Home, Mylapore here. After her return to the Home, the police should arrange for counselling for the girl at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital here from October 14 to October 17 by the Head of the Department of Psychiatry.

The Judge ordered that Priya should be produced before the court on October 18 for passing appropriate final orders on the petition.