The marriage of a 36-year-old Dalit MLA to a 19-year-old student has triggered a row in Tamil Nadu after the bride’s father – a temple priest – accused the MLA, a member of the ruling AIADMK, of entering into a relationship with his daughter while she was still a minor and entrapping her.
The Madras high court on Friday allowed AIADMK MLA from Kallakurichi, A Prabhu to leave with his wife Soundarya, saying that the allegation by the latter’s father that she was ‘abducted’ does not hold.
The 19-year-old woman is an adult and has willingly chosen to marry the 35-year-old legislator, the court observed.
Prabhu said he is hopeful that the relationship with his new in-laws will soon improve.
“Till I was 30 I was busy with politics. After I was elected my family chose a bride for me but Amma (former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa) died and I was heartbroken and did not marry. But during lockdown I had close interaction with her (his wife) and we fell in love,” he explained.
“We were in love for about four months and when I sought thepermission of her parents to marry her they denied it,” the MLA said.
Later, he said he married Soundarya only based on her wish and with her whole hearted consent. Swaminathan claimed that due to the influence of the legislator he could not lodge a complaint with police against him and alleged that he has received threats.