Dalit grooms ride into trouble
Indore: Whether it is Malwa or Bundelkhand, when it comes to the upper caste's violent intolerance to a dalit youth riding a horse to take his bride, they are the same. In the 64th year of India's independence, at least seven examples of dalit groom being obstructed for riding ceremonial horse are on record in MP last year.
A voluntary organisation, Jan Sahas has recorded seven marriage processions across the state, which were disrupted and the grooms were harassed.
"These are the cases where we are providing legal and other assistance to the victims. All of the cases are under trial. Actual numbers could be many times more," said Asif Sheikh of Jan Sahas.
The cases include two each in Dewas and Damoh and one each in Ujjain, Chhatarpur and Shahjapur district. "When Ganesh Ahirwar of Chhatarpur's Sulwa village went to complain to the police, the station officer at the Buxwaha police station advised him to better adhere to the custom prevalent in his village", said another activist associated with Jan Sahas, Sajjan Singh.
Later action was taken against the station officer. Damoh's Paramlal was not only pulled down from his horse but was thrashed by the influential people of his village during his marriage procession, said Sheikh.
"The socio economic conditions of these people is such that a majority of these cases remain unreported and to avoid any troubles during marriage. These poor people agree to the terms imposed by influential", Sheikh told DNA.