Bengaluru: In an incident reported from N Devarahalli in Chitradurga district, a specially-abled couple faced social boycott and were slapped with a fine of Rs 30,000 by leaders of the Jogi community. The couple, Savithramma and Manikantha, both hailing from different castes and living with hearing and speech impairments, had entered into an inter-caste marriage three years ago.

Recently, after Savithramma returned to Devarahalli with her husband during her postpartum period, community leaders from her native village expressed strong disapproval of her decision to marry outside her caste. Consequently, they ostracized the couple and imposed a hefty fine on them.

Under the pressure from the community leaders, the couple was compelled to leave the village. Seeking refuge, Savithramma and Manikantha, along with their newborn child, sought shelter at the Santwana Kendra in Challakere before eventually returning to Bengaluru.

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Ankara (AP): A moderately strong earthquake struck northwest Turkiye on Monday, sending people out into the streets in fear. There was no immediate report of injuries or damage.

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake was centred in the Sea of Marmara, off the town of Gemlik in Bursa province, according to the disaster management agency, AFAD. It struck at 10:42 a.m. local time (07:42 GMT), at a depth of some 9 kilometres.

HaberTurk television said it was felt in Istanbul and other nearby regions where people left homes and offices in fear.

In February, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated 11 southern and southeastern Turkish provinces as well as part of northern Syria. More than 50,000 people were killed in Turkiye.