Indian Soldier goes to court to marry Lankan girlfriend

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Will Major Vikas Kumar of the Indian Army be able to marry his Sri Lankan girlfriend Arnila Ranamali Gunaratne who is pursuing her M.Phil. in Bangalore?

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vkramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna, of the High Court in India will soon decide on the order of the Indian Army, which had rejected the 34-year-old’s request to cast away his uniform so that he can marry a foreign national.

As Army rules don’t permit personnel to marry those who loath to give up their foreign citizenship, Major Kumar, an officer with Corps of Signals, decided to resign post as Ms. Gunaratne (29) was unwilling to give up her Sri Lankan nationality.

However, the Army did not accept his resignation saying he had not completed the mandatory period service, there is a shortage of officers in the Corps of Signals and he is under investigation for unauthorised contract with a foreign national and failing to report it to the authorities.

A single judge bench had set aside the Army’s order but had allowed the Army to investigate the Major’s conduct with regard to contact with a foreign national.

The Defence Ministry appealed against the order before the Division Bench.

During the hearing on Tuesday, the Bench, in a lighter vein asked whether Army was against love marriage or did it think love at first sight was not a possibility? The Bench also referred to former President K.R. Narayanan [the supreme commander of the armed forces], who had married a Myanmarese.

Major Kumar, an engineering graduate, met Ms. Gunaratne in 2011 and they fell in love. They planned to marry in November 2011 but Army’s rejection of his resignation put paid to all that. The smitten Major has undertaken to pay back all expenses the Indian Army spent on his training besides not seeking any terminal benefit for his service with the Army since 2000.

After hearing the appeal filed by the Union, the Division Bench has reserved its verdict.(The Hindu)
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  • psyke Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Like a boss via DM Android App

    abdeen Wednesday, 31 October 2012 04:40 AM

    Another Veer Zara Story! What army can do to stop love? Wage a war? Why not they come to Sri Lanka and live here happily? We dont have issues like out counterpart Indians and their systems!

    bandara Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:43 AM

    my foot, she would have happily chucked up her srilankan citizenship, if her husband had a Australian citizenship

    XYZ Wednesday, 31 October 2012 04:47 AM

    nice cultural exchange
    their kids will be called srindian ?

    nishada Wednesday, 31 October 2012 05:05 AM

    power of love !!!!!!!! what a wonderful love fight

    Thushara Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:00 AM

    come to srilanka with ur girl. we welcome u via DM Android App

    vijays children Wednesday, 31 October 2012 05:01 AM

    you and I, we all are 'Srindians' in a way. think about it ;)

    Roshana Wednesday, 31 October 2012 02:01 PM

    This is pure love!

    ANTON Wednesday, 31 October 2012 05:07 AM

    OTHER SIDE OF THE RAAMA SEETHA STORY.

    upul fernando Friday, 05 July 2013 06:51 AM

    Great Love story , Indians& srilankans admired veer sara , So, this pure ,brave true love story should be appreciated, come to our country , Great lovers must be honoured

    kakopappa Wednesday, 31 October 2012 05:23 AM

    "unwilling to give up her Sri Lankan nationality." - hats off

    Mushi Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:00 AM

    An Indian gone mad about a sri lankan beauty?So,we can beat Ishwarya. via DM Android App

    aparna Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:31 AM

    its a very brave decision taken by both the parties, iam too married to indian we have decided to make srilanka as our home , and i think u too had made tho correct one, its more easy for an indian to survive in sri lanka than a sri lankan to survive in india.

    Piya Wednesday, 31 October 2012 03:37 PM

    This is not true. My husband is an Indian and he has a sri lankan residency visa. I do not know about citizenship though. never bothered to find out coz I dont want him to change his citizenship.

    Damma Deepa Caesar Thursday, 06 December 2012 07:11 AM

    " We are very proud of you both. Army's thinking very childish, an this story should be written in the Mahawansa like another Seetha and Rama" episode. Best of luck!

    Jack Point Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:12 AM

    Foreign men cannot get citizenship or residency in SL if they marry a SL woman. A SL man can marry a foreign woman and she can get citizenship.

    Merrilght Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:18 AM

    After marrying I hope they will not come to SL to experience the terrible cost of living. Anyway love conquers all.

    Dayasiri Totta baba. Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:26 AM

    Goon, there's no relationship as in Rama- Sitha.
    just a love story.

    Shace-UK Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:29 AM

    Lot of people preach about patriotism!!! Only few people practice it...well done for not giving up the Sri Lankan nationality!!!!

    pristine beauty Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:43 AM

    Now this is what call Pure Sri Lankan Bravery!

    idroos2002 Thursday, 01 November 2012 02:51 PM

    love is blind to all all other things and wrongs is terribly wrong To give up eternal roots for temporary pleasure is a terrible mistake.Anyway if its mutual understanding it would be great.

    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:13 AM

    good luck guys.

    Ashan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:39 AM

    But we are not as filthy and dirty!

    kandykolla Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:44 AM

    Both can claim asylum in a European country !!! There case is strong !!

    Asitha Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:35 PM

    Another major, this time in india. this major at least had the courage to challenge the military ruling. May be because it has gotnothing to do with drugs although the bottom line is addiction...


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