Tamil Nadu

In inter-caste love, we trust

A Tiruchi-based NGO opens a short-stay home for newly wed inter-caste couple

It is very well to be supportive of inter-caste marriages, but a private trust in Tiruchi that has a true understanding of the nature of the beast, has provided newly-wed couples with a much needed helpline.

The Aadhalinal Kaadhal Seiveer Trust, which promotes inter-caste marriages, has set up a short-stay home in Tiruchi in an attempt to provide a safe shelter for newly wed inter-caste couples, who face opposition from their parents and families.

A 344 sq. ft. single bedroom home, built at a cost of ₹10 lakh mainly with the contribution of inter-caste couples at Police Colony in Anna Nagar, is primarily for such couples immediately after their marriage.

They can stay at the home until they “feel secure” and take a decision on whether to go to the bride's or bridegroom's home, or move out on their own.

The trust, which runs the home free of cost, aims at safeguarding the couples and giving them some cooling time until they finalise their future plans.

To ensure their safety, in case the families of the bride and the groom are fiercely opposed to the marriage, the trust has posted a retired head constable to keep vigil.

It has approached Tiruchi Collector K. Rajamani for getting government recognition for the home.

“Most of the inter-caste couples who get married in the face of stiff opposition, can neither go to their parent’s or relative’s homes. This is where we come in: we offer support to them in the form of free accommodation and food for a short stay until they decide on their next course of action,” said S. Gunasekar, managing trustee, Athalinal Kadhal Seiveer Trust, announcing the opening of the home here on Saturday.

Safety and security

Upon receiving the couple, Mr. Gunasekar said the trust members would enquire whether they faced life threats from their parents.

If they did face threats, the trust would take up the issue with the police stations concerned to ensure safety and security.

They would try to liaison with their parents and help bring the families together.

Mr. Gunasekar said the trust had identified a number of textile units and business houses in Tirupur and Chennai for offering employment to inter-caste couples. The trust members would help the couple find houses for rent.

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