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Woman, parents humiliated, ostracized by caste panchayat

india Updated: Jun 01, 2013 15:26 IST
paraded wearing garlands of shoes

A woman and her parents were allegedly paraded wearing garlands of shoes and ostracized by a caste panchayat here for having broken off an engagement with a boy over his drinking habit.

The alleged incident occurred a couple of days back in Baiya village. The FIR in this connection was lodged yesterday against five persons, police said.

According to police, the daughter of one Kriparam was engaged to be married to Sawairam, but the match was called off when the girl's father learnt of the boy's drinking habit.

He later gave his daughter's hand in marriage to another person, whereupon Sawairam's father approached the caste panchayat and asked it to intervene in the matter.

"A case in this regard was lodged yesterday at Sangar police station... The facts are being verified.

"The victims are under our (care) and there is no threat to them," police said, adding that they were yet to make any arrests in the case.

The caste panchayat also imposed a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on the woman and her family for having broken off the engagement, police added.

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