A deputy sarpanch of a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla, has been socially boycotted by villagers for the last three months for sending his daughter to Tamil Nadu to work.
Titara Singh, the deputy sarpanch of Amdaria village, about 60 km from Mandla district headquarters, sent his daughter, Sulochana Marko, to Tamil Nadu to work in a thread factory due to the family’s acute financial conditions, which upset villagers.
“She wanted to help me as I have only an acre of land and she decided to work to sustain the family’s income and also to continue her studies with her own money,” said Singh.
He said villagers organised a meeting and decided to boycott the family, saying that his daughter eloped with an outsider.
Singh submitted a complaint to the sub-divisional magistrate, who has transferred the case to the Niwas police who are investigating the allegation.
“My investigation has revealed that a male friend of Singh’s daughter accompanied her to the village during Holi last year and was beaten by three villagers who objected the boy’s coming to the village,” said Hemant Baware, the Niwas police station official investigating the case.
“The trio started a campaign against the family and forced other villagers to boycott them,” he said.
“Villagers first maligned my daughter and then ostracised us from the community. I organised a meeting to sort out the matter but they demanded Rs 10,000 and four goats as a sacrifice. I am a poor farmer so I decided to remain alone,” Singh told Hindustan Times over phone.
“Villagers are not attending any functions organised by my family or speaking to us,” Singh said.
Apart from Singh’s mother, his own family members, including his brother and father too have supported the decision of villagers siding with them.
Singh’s mother, Sukrati Bai said, “For the last three months we have been pleading with villagers to include us in the community but no one is listening us.”
“My daughter has completed her Class 12 and decided to help me financially and went to Tamil Nadu to work in company with one of my relatives but villagers allege that she has eloped with an outsider,” said Singh.
“How can a father tolerate this? I urged that if they want to ostracise me for my daughter’s decision to work they can but not to malign her.”