In this file photo, an Indian woman covers her baby under her saree during heavy rain at Rajpath in New Delhi on August 7, 2017. / AFP / Prakash SINGH
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Police in south India have launched a hotline to prevent "honor killings," the first initiative of its kind in the country aimed at protecting couples from different castes or religions who fear family retribution.The toll-free number is linked to an immediate response team who will take action in cases where couples feel threatened by their families, police said.Despite India's growing cosmopolitanism, the intermingling of different castes or religions remains a taboo in Indian marriages -- not only among rural populations, but even for well-off urban families.The court recommended that temporary shelter be provided by the state to couples who felt at risk, and counselling offered to family members opposing the marriage.
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