Fearing Khap, IFS officer weds in Delhi

Sharma, a brahmin, the first woman Indian Foreign Service officer from Haryana, incurred the wrath of some activists of the ‘Brahmin Samaj’ at Patharwali, her ancestral village at Bhiwani in Haryana when she decided to marry Arya, who was an Ahir and not of her own caste.

Sharma is a diplomat posted in Moscow, while her batch-mate Arya is an Additional District Magistrate at Godhra in Gujarat.

Sharma’s family was given police protection in Haryana, when some miscreants surrounded her ancestral residence a few weeks ago.

The Brahmin Sabha had a meeting with the local panchayat on October 30 and sent some of its members to ask Sharma’s father Ram Kumar, a retired government employee, to stop his daughter from marrying out of her caste. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Huda ordered the police to provide protection to the family and policemen were deployed around their ancestral home in the village.

Sharma, Arya and their families, however, decided not to hold the wedding at Bhiwani and shifted the venue to a farm-house at Chhattarpur in South Delhi.

The wedding took place without any trouble.Sources in the Delhi Police said that both the families had asked for police protection around the venue of the wedding.

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