Wednesday, March 16, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Jat panchayat ostracizes Dalits

Jat panchayat ostracizes Dalits
Bhaskar Mukherjee,TNN,Mar 14, 2011, 03.01am IST

SIRSA: Tipping off the police and the child marriage prohibition cell
in-charge about plans of a Jat family of marrying off their
13-year-old daughter proved costly for a Dalit, who along with his
family, was ostracized by a caste panchayat, convened by Jat families
of village Kumarian of the district here on Sunday.

Chaired by Daya Ram, an ex-chairman of the village committee and Vinod
Beniwal, an ex-sarpanch of the village, the panchayat attended by
members of the Jat families gave Rameshwar Balmiki, a peon a 24 hour
deadline to leave the village for his "wrongful" act. The Jat
Panchayat has accused Balmiki of misguiding the police about the
girl's age. The decision was taken after an hour long panchayat held
in the premises of the government school here.

Though Rameshwar, was also summoned but fearing humiliation, he did
not turn up for the panchayat. This only added to the panchayat's
anger, who announced the diktat. Acting on a verbal complaint lodged
by Rameshwar, SP Satender K Gupta assured police protection for him.
Gupta told TOI, "Investigations are in progress and appropriate action
shall follow.'' On Friday Rameshwar, who is a peon in a branch of the
Gramin bank in his village tipped off the district police and the
child marriage prohibition cell incharge about Mangtu Ram's plans of
marrying off his minor daughter in Kumarian village. Rameshwar was
among those present on the spot when the raiding parties comprising of
police officials and officials from the social welfare department
swooped down on Mangtu Ram's house where the marriage was to be held.
As Mangtu failed to provide documents to prove his daughter's age, he
was asked to cancel the marriage.

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