100 cops stand guard as Dalit groom rides a horse to his wedding in MP’s Neemuch

Police personnel did a flag march before the wedding procession of Rahul Meghwal, a resident of Sarsi village of the district.
As many as 100 police personnel were deployed in the village in Neemuch district on Wednesday to keep a watch on the law and order situation during the wedding procession. (AFP FILE PHOTO.)
As many as 100 police personnel were deployed in the village in Neemuch district on Wednesday to keep a watch on the law and order situation during the wedding procession. (AFP FILE PHOTO.)
Published on Jan 27, 2022 11:40 PM IST
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Nearly 100 policemen stood guard and protected a Dalit bridegroom, who wanted to ride a horse to his wedding, and ensured there was no trouble or objection from upper caste people on Thursday in Neemuch district, police said.

Police personnel did a flag march before the wedding procession of Rahul Meghwal, a resident of Sarsi village of the district.

“The father of the bridegroom, Fakirchand Meghwal, had sought police protection a few days ago for his son Rahul who was the first person from the scheduled caste committee of the village to have booked a horse for the wedding procession,” said Kanhaiyalal Dangi, town inspector Manasa.

“As many as 100 police personnel were deployed in the village on Wednesday to keep a watch on the law and order situation,” Dangi said.

A local Bahujan Samaj Party leader Radheshyam Commander said, “History was created in the village as people from the scheduled caste committee were afraid of riding a horse in the village to their wedding. A few goons of the village used to stop them from riding a horse so we requested police protection.”

Earlier, on Sunday, some villagers in Ganiyari village of Sagar district attacked the house of Dalit groom Dilip Ahirwar for riding a horse. Ahirwar rode a horse during a wedding procession called Racch under police protection but later in the night; about 20 people attacked his house and pelted stones. The police have booked 20 people under relevant sections of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and arrested six of them.

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