High court moved over self-styled panchayat
Source: DNA | Last Updated 04:45(24/01/12)
Pune: Seeking action against a self-appointed panchayat that boycotts
families involved in inter-caste marriages in Pune, the Shri Goud
Brahmin Samaj Anayaya Nivaran Samiti has filed a petition in the
Bombay high court.
The samiti, formed by members of the Shri Goud Brahmin Samaj in Pune,
has alleged that six members of the community have formed a panchayat
which has been passing judgments against families that allow marriages
out of their caste. The 'panchas' refuse to let an ostracised family
member attend the funeral of any relative, unless the family agrees to
pay up to just get a glimpse of the kin, claims the petition.
The petition, filed through advocate Asim Sarode, alleged that the
'fine' runs into lakhs of rupees and "no receipt is issued for the
same". The samiti now wants action against this parallel justice
system started by the community.
Some boycotted members approached the Bibvewadi police on November 14
last year, but the police refused to lodge a complaint.
The petition stated that one of the members approached the State Human
Rights Commission (SHRC) against the boycott. The SHRC transferred the
complaint to Kothrud police station, but there has been no progress.
Adding the law and judiciary department, education ministry and social
welfare and social justice department as respondents, it asked that
the 'panchas' be arrested. It has sought framing of an effective law
against discrimination. The petition will come up for hearing next
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