MP: Widow complains of social boycott by villagers

  • Anupam Pateriya, Hindustan Times, Sagar
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2015 17:41 IST

A widow and her three sons are facing social boycott for two weeks allegedly for not supporting some powerful persons in the village during the panchayat elections held in February, a police complaint said.

Asharani Yadav, widow of Dalchand Yadav of Mainpani village lodged a complaint about it with Sagar superintendent of police Sachin Atulkar on Friday.

In her complaint, Asharani told police that she and her sons were not allowed to participate in the post-death rituals of a male family member The SP told HT that the police are probing the case and action will be taken if any unlawful conduct in the ‘social boycott’ is detected.

Asharani told HT that some powerful villagers belonging to her community forced the boycott upon her on the charges that they were not heeding to the collective decisions of the group.

She named Preetam, Ramesh, Abhishek and Kailash Yadav who held a caste panchayat on February 12 to force social boycott upon her family.

She further said the social boycott was forced upon her after she had refused to allow her sons to participate in the election campaign of Abhishek Yadav who contested Sarpanch’s election.

During the caste panchayat she had told the community leaders that she did not mean to go against them but tried to keep her sons away from politics, but her plea went unheeded.

She said other villagers are also keeping them away from all social events.

The family which earns a livelihood by selling milk and doing odd jobs is facing tough time, Asharani said.

Village Sarpanch Monty Yadav who won the election against the group named in the police complaint also confirmed that the family was facing boycott as it earned the ire of some powerful persons in the village.

However, Abhishek Yadav said Asharani and her sons were making false accusations against him and his relatives because of election-related squabbles. He said the woman and her sons were boycotted by their own family members and not by the community.

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