Deserted by her boyfriend and shunned by his dowry-seeking family, a Dalit girl in Rohtas district of western Bihar resorted to ‘Gandhigiri’ to bring about in him ‘a change of heart’.
Ignoring her family’s advice to seek legal remedy, Nitu Paswan, 18, from Sikraur village in Shivsagar block of Rohtas, about 200 km west of state capital, Patna, decided to take matters in her own hand.
She draped herself in a wedding attire, reached her beau Dhananjay Paswan’s Konki village, along with her co-villagers, on Tuesday and squatted in front of his house.
Sensing trouble, members of Paswan’s family locked the house and fled from the village, which falls under the Baddi police station. But, after the residents of Konki openly came out in support of Nitu, the family returned to the house on Friday and tendered an apology to her.
The drama ended on a happy note when the wedding of Nitu and Dhananjay was solemnized that evening.
Nitu, a Class 10 student, later told reporters that she was in a relationship with Dhananjay for the past one year and both their families were aware of it.
“During the last marriage season, my father had met Dhananjay’s father to finalise the wedding date, but he demanded Rs 5 lakh as dowry. When all efforts to persuade him failed, my father decided to take legal action, which I opposed,” she said.
The occurrence of her wedding, she said, had vindicated her stand of not seeking legal recourse against Dhananjay.
Many villagers who witnessed the turn of events and were glad with the happy ending, were, however, disappointed that the local police and officials of the civil administration took no initiative to resolve the matter.
Baddi police station SHO Dipak Jha sought to justify non-interference by the police, arguing the matter at hand did not present a law and order problem. “Such matters cannot be resolved in courts, either. I salute the courage of Nitu who took things in her own hand to secure justice”, Jha said.