THE ONLY CASTE THAT EX­ISTS IS LOVE

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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.

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