A day after a woman committed suicide over series of diktats by caste panchayat aimed to punish her for alleged extra-marital relations with a Dalit man, the same caste panchayat met again to go for a damage control exercise on Tuesday night in Bajarua Khari village of MP’s Tikamgarh district.
The caste panchayat attended by elders from over 20 villages, including Bajarua Khari, started on Tuesday evening and continued for five hours. The panchayat held seven villagers responsible for pronouncing the extreme diktat and decided to socially boycott them for 12 years.
The seven villagers included Dhaniram Pal, Pappu Pal, Ram Prasad, Jasrath Pal, Bhagirath Pal, Channu Pal and Babu Pal.
Importantly, the police investigations into the matter too has found these seven persons prima facie responsible for the caste pachayat diktats, which allegedly prompted the 36-year-old mother of four children Laxmi (name changed to protect identity) end her life in the house on Monday late night.
According to Tikamgarh Dehat police station in-charge Madhuresh Pachauri, the police recorded statements of the members of the bereaved family and also other villagers, which established that these seven persons had forced the caste panchayat to issue such diktats, which ultimately led to the woman’s suicide.
“All these seven persons, who are absconding are being booked under Sections 306 of IPC for abetment of suicide. They will be arrested soon,” said Pachauri.
The mother of four had committed suicide on Monday night at her house in Khari Bajarua village, after a caste panchayat issued a series of diktats aimed at punishing her for allegedly having extra-marital relations with a Dalit man.
She reportedly took the extreme step while her husband, Rakesh, was holding a liquor party outside the house at the behest of the caste panchayat.
Village elders from the caste panchayat instructed Laxmi and her family to perform several tasks — including paying a fine of Rs 5,000, bathing in the Ganga river, and holding a liquor party for around 30 residents of the village — to atone for her ‘sin’. Besides this, Laxmi was also told to roll all the way to the Kundeshwar Shiva temple, located 12 km from the village, to obtain forgiveness.