In a brazen show of caste dominance, some members of the Rajput community allegedly dragged a Dalit groom off the horse and asked him to go on foot to the marriage hall in a Rajasthan village, the police said on Friday.
Eyewitnesses alleged that the Rajputs told the party that the Dalits had no right to mount a horse and thrashed those who objected to the diktat.
The police said a case had been registered against six members of the Rajput community under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The incident was reported from Chindaliya village in Nagaur district on Thursday.
Groom Rajuram Meghwal, a resident of Babupura village, along with his marriage party reached a community hall in the bride’s village, Chandaliya, at 6.30pm . The dancing marriage party proceeded towards her house with a band playing aloud atop a vehicle. But, their joys tuned into sorrow as the party crossed a Rajput-dominated locality of the village. Soon the members of the community came out, dragged the groom off the horse and asked him to proceed on foot as his caste didn’t deserve to mount a horse, villager Bhagwana Ram said. The situation turned tense when the members of the marriage party expressed their desire to proceed as planned . However, the Rajputs thrashed some of the baratis and hurled abuses at them, groom’s father Laxman Meghwal alleged.
This went on for one and a half hours as the police reportedly reached the spot late despite repeated calls, bride’s father Bhomaram Chindaliya said.
The situation was, however, controlled after the police reached there from Makarana, about 15 kilometres from the spot.
Makrana station house officer Dilip Soni denied the allegation and said his team rushed to the village soon after he was informed.
Cases under Sections 341/323/and 34 of IPC had been registered against six, Soni said, adding the investigation was on.