Lovers in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh wishing to tie the knot without their parents' consent will have to show their bank balance to the court under a new cash guarantee clause.

The state high court has made it mandatory for the man to fix a deposit of 50,000 rupees (£490) in the bank in the name of his fiancée if the couple wish to marry against their families' wishes.

The cash guarantee clause was put in place for so-called love marriages after a young newlywed was dumped by her husband soon after they got married.

State police have been ordered to enforce the court's order.

It came in the wake of a number of cases where brides were duped by grooms who ran away with their dowries of cash and jewellery.