Father charged with chaining son in India wedding dispute
Police in India said Friday a father has been arrestedand chargedwith locking his 19-year-old son in a room for 21 days and chaining him for marrying without his consent.
Police said they found Raghu Amin Mollah on Thursday in his father's house near Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state. Abed Ali Mollah, his father, has been charged with detaining and torturing his son.
"Yes, he was kept in a room locked and chained," police officer Joy Biswas told the Associated Press.
The elder Mollah objected to the marriage of his son to Shahnaz Khatun, 18, because of an ongoing family feud between his family and hers.
Biswas said police rescued the groom after they received a complaint from the bride about her father-in-law.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the newlyweds had lived together in the same neighbourhood as children. After falling in love,they eloped andwere marriedin a mosque near Calcutta.
Parents arrange most marriages in rural India,and young people often do not have the opportunity to choose their marriage partners.
With files from the Associated Press