A man and his wife, who were exiled by the sarpanch of Bithmara village for marrying within related castes, were allegedly attacked when they came back to meet his mother. His mother was injured in the attack.
Saroj Devi, the mother of Jyoti Parkash, said, "My son was exiled for
marrying a girl of his grandmother's caste (Tonk, Balmiki). The couple came to meet me in the village on January 14. But when the sarpanch came to know about it, he sent his men to attack us. My arm was broken in the attack, and since then, I have been admitted to hospital."
Devi accused the police of showing bias towards the sarpanch. "The police is favouring the sarpanch by taking one-sided action. They registered a case against my son, Jyoti Prakash, on a complaint filed by the others. On my complaint, the police booked my husband, Roshan Lal, instead of the sarpanch who attacked us."
Rajat Kalsan, counsel for the aggrieved couple, echoed similar sentiments. "The police is shielding the sarpanch. Though a cross-case has been registered, the sarpanch - who should was actually responsible - is being kept out of the list of accused persons."
But Jai Bhagwan, station house officer of the police station, denied all the allegations. "It is a family dispute. Roshan Lal, the father of the boy, was against marrying him away to a girl of the same gotra of her grandmother. This is why we booked him."
The couple was accused of ignoring the sarpanch's diktat that the marriage be scrapped, and the two treat each other as siblings.
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