Dalit groom face social boycott as he rides horse

According to the complaint lodged by Manubhai Parmar (50), who works as a laborer, his eldest son Mehul (24) got married on May 7. They took out a wedding procession in the village with the groom riding a horse. However, as per the complaint, a day after the wedding an announcement was made at the village temple by sarpanch Vinu Thakor and deputy sarpanch Baldev Thakor asking villagers, except the ‘Harijans’ (Dalits), to assemble at the village panchayat. At the panchayat, which according to the complainant was witnessed by three Dalits, upper caste people said that they were “disturbed” over the marriage procession of Mehul as they felt the Dalits in the village “did not maintain their limits”. As part of the boycott, it was reportedly decided that nobody will give any food and work to Dalits or let them sit in vehicles. It was also reportedly decided that anybody who is found to be violating the “rules of the social boycott” would be not only be fined Rs 5,000 but will also be forced out of the village.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Dalit_Bahujan (SC-OBC)
Location of incident Village perpetrator Religion Hindu
perpetrator Organizational Other public institutions Was cross FIR filed 0
Details of the FIR

Based on the complaint of the bridegroom’s father, police on Thursday registered an FIR against five upper caste men, including the sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of the village, under different provisions of the Scheduled C

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Need confirmation Current status Not known
Charges Filed Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Indian Penal Code Other details
judgement Reference other information
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Main Information
Date of incident: May 07, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Social boycott
  • Threat
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Attack against work/ideology/activism of individual or group
  • Name of the victim : Undisclosed
    Name of Perpetrator sarpanch Viju, deputy sarpanch Baldev, Bhopa Thakor, Manu Barot and Gabha Thakor
    State Gujarat
    District/City Mehsana
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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