Tuesday, January 10, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Now, upper caste youth attack dalits for playing DJ at wedding



Now, upper caste youth attack dalits for playing DJ at wedding
Deepender Deswal, TNN Jan 10, 2012, 06.17AM IST

ROHTAK: The marriage function of a dalit youth was violently disrupted
by a group of upper caste youth, which resulted in injuries to eight
persons, including two women, in Gurthali village of Jind district on
Sunday night.

The miscreants allegedly tried to forcibly stop DJ being played at the
wedding venue and also molested some women. On being opposed, they
assaulted the groom's family and guests. A case has been registered
against seven persons and police have been deployed in the village as
a precautionary measure.

The incident comes nearly a month after a dalit youth was forcibly
stopped from undertaking elephant ride by some upper caste youth in
Devsar village of Bhiwani, reflecting continued bias and narrow
mindset among upper caste members towards dalits in rural Haryana.

Police sources said the incident occurred when family members and
guests at the marriage function of a dalit youth Gurvinder Singh, son
of Prathi Singh, were dancing to the tunes of DJ near their house.
Soon, some upper caste youth arrived there and started making vulgar
comments on women at the function.

When the dalits opposed their indecent behaviour, a youth, Zodha,
along with other accomplices, turned violent and forcibly stopped
playing of DJ. Soon they started beating up people gathered at the
wedding venue. Those injured in the incident were identified as
Jagshir, Gurmit, Manjeet, Ompal, Gurmit Devi, Sharti Devi, Mewa Singh
and Jagta, sources said.

Police have registered a case on the complaint of a dalit youth,
Bindra, who identified the accused as Zodha, Makkar, Ramniwas,
Surender, Balraj, Desa and Jasminder.

Investigating officer in the case, Suresh Kumar, said police force has
been deployed in the village, but the accused were absconding. "Police
teams have been raiding suspected hideouts to nab the accused and hope
to arrest them soon", he said, adding that the situation is peaceful
in the village.
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