Bridegroom, relatives beaten up over caste issue in Madhya Pradesh

December 18th, 2008 - 8:58 pm ICT by ANI  

By Narender Parmar
Chhatarpur, Dec.18 (ANI): In a bizarre incident, members of a lower caste while participating in a wedding procession in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh were roughed up by hoodlums.
The incident took place on Tuesday in which the bridegroom and relatives accompanying him were abused and roughed up as they were taking a round of the village as is required as per Indian tradition. The village is stated to be higher caste dominated.
According to the bridegroom, the miscreants threatened them stating that the participating relatives cannot take out the wedding procession around the village due to belonging to the lower caste.
“The wedding procession was going on smoothly like any other marriage. I was astride a horse. But suddenly some individuals arrived and pulled me down and dragged. I fell down on the ground. They abused us and threatened by saying that only they could take out a procession through the area,” said Ganesh Ahirwar, the bridegroom.
Police, however, said that a complaint had been filed and affected people were given protection to carry out the marriage in the traditional manner.
“Taking around a wedding procession with the bridegroom riding a horse is a part of age old tradition. While the procession was going through the village, some miscreants indulged in violence against the people in the procession. It is a case of caste row, as the bridegroom and his family belong to low caste. They have lodged a complaint and we will carry out necessary action against the culprits,” said J.R. Lokre, Police official in Badamalhara. (ANI)

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