A couple, who had married inter-caste and returned home after staying away in the woods for a few weeks, were attacked by their kin on their return.

Malati Rawal and Prakash Biswokarma of Kailali's Bhajani Municipality-7 had got married three weeks ago against their families' will. As their decision to tie the knot between two different castes didn't go well, especially with the girl's family and the socalled upper caste community, they had to flee and hide in some forest for weeks owing to threats for their life.

According to Bhajani Municipality Deputy Mayor Chhayadevi Devkota, the girl's kin launched an attack on the couple after they returned home and took away the girl.

"While the boy is with her family, the girl's family stole her away," said Devkota, adding that the administration had been informed about the incident and a discussion will be held to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

"As we got threats for our lives, we had to go into hiding, that's why we chose to live in hiding in the woods for weeks," said the couple.

As the video of the couple went viral on social media, police have also shown come into action. Area Police Office has already invited families of both the boy and girl to the police office to discuss the issue.

"We have called the families of both the boy and the girl. Once they come, we will hold discussion and resolve the issue," said Area Police Office inspector Nara Bahadur Saud.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 10, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.