Amreen and Lokesh once lived in Phaphunda, a wretched village in Northern India, but they are dead now. In Phaphunda, the headman and the village councilors are still free, but they ought to be in prison.
Amreen was Muslim and Lokesh was Hindu. Since love does not respect differences of religion, the two fell in love. And since they were in love, they married. Then the headman and village council intervened. They told the couple they had a choice: Either annul their marriage or die.
In Phaphunda, a Muslim and a Hindu are not allowed to marry. The penalty for marriage is death.
To escape the sorrow of separation from each other, the couple did not wait to be murdered — they committed suicide.
It’s true this sort of thing happens the world over. That is, there are people everywhere in the world who make it their business to tell folks who they can and cannot love.
If it isn’t the despicable headman of Phaphunda telling a couple they cannot love each other because they are of different religions, it is the equally despicable James Dobson of Colorado Springs telling a couple they cannot love each other because they are of the same sex.
Only the names and reasons change. The meddling remains the same.
So far as I can see, society has no right to tell people who they can and cannot love, nor who they can and cannot marry.