The fear that has gripped Bisada in Uttar Pradesh following the lynching of a man accused of slaughtering a calf has resulted in the cancellation of the wedding of a Muslim woman from the village.
The marriage of Nafeesa, scheduled for October 11, was called off on Friday after the groom’s father refused to go to Bisada surrounded by “guns and politicians”.
The development came after the administration claimed the situation in the village was under control.
In an incident that sparked sectarian tensions and drew nationwide outrage, 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son was critically injured when a group of local residents broke into their home late on Monday night, accusing them of butchering a calf and eating beef.
The bride’s father, Anwar Miyan, said he had completed all the preparations for Nafeesa’s marriage. He was anxiously waiting for the wedding, which was scheduled to take place, with the approval of Hindu families, on land demarcated for a temple.
Hindu neighbours had voluntarily offered the venue for Nafeesa’s marriage.
“The pandal has been set up on the proposed temple land. The family was afraid about whether the marriage could be conducted peacefully. But I had assured them and taken responsibility for Nafeesa’s marriage, who is like a sister to me,” said Vineet Kumar, Anwar’s neighbour.
After hearing about the wedding being called off, Kumar spoke to the groom’s father. “I tried to convince the groom’s father as he was afraid as the situation is still fragile here,” he said.
A heartbroken Anwar said: “I want to convince the groom’s family that things are peaceful in the village. I will visit the groom’s house with my friends for a solution to this.”
Sanjay Rana, the headman of Bisada, came out in support of Anwar. “I have taken responsibility for the safety of the Muslim families and I will go along with Anwar to the groom’s house and convince them to marry their son with Nafeesa,” he said.
According to Anwar, the groom’s father believes Bisada has earned a bad image in society and he cannot risk the lives of his relatives by coming to the village. The deployment of police in the village too irked the groom’s father.