THE ONLY CASTE THAT EXISTS IS LOVE
Ketan and Sonal Patdiya, both 24, fell in love while they were in high school in Rajkot. Ketan is a Kumhar by caste, while Sonal is a Yadav. Their families ordered them to forget each other due to the caste difference. Love made them decide otherwise and they ran away. Ketan was badly beaten up by Sonal’s brother, and his parents were labelled outcasts and forced to leave the village. Sonal’s parents traced them down to the Love Commandos shelter in Delhi, along with Gujarat police but they were married by then. They threatened the couple that they would kill them if they ever step out of the shelter. “We are not afraid. After living such hell, our love has only grown stronger. Ours is a bond forever,” says Sonal.