Woman kills self after family ostracised over her marriage with Dalit boy, 3 booked
Father of the victim said his family was socially boycotted at the behest of the local panchayat, but police deny panchayat’s involvement.india Updated: Dec 22, 2017 09:26 IST
Three persons were booked on Thursday in connection with the suicide of a 20-year-old woman over alleged ostracising of her family by a local panchayat after she married a Dalit boy in Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh district, police said.
Additional superintendent of police (ASP) Rakesh Khakha said the accused are relatives of the girl, Suman Raikwar, who had been ostracised by her extended family after a selfie with the Dalit boy, surfaced in the social media.
Khakha ruled out the involvement of panchayat in ostracising the victim’s family.
Local Dalit activists, however, said police let the panchayat members, who are powerful people, off the hook under pressure.
Tikamgarh, which is around 345 km north of Bhopal bordering Uttar Pradesh is steeped in casteism.
The victim’s father Sarju Raikwar, a resident of Maharajpura village had alleged before media persons that his family was socially boycotted at the behest of the panchayat.
“My daughter got married to a Dalit boy sometime ago, but the villagers were not aware about it. A few days ago, the couple’s photos were posted on social media by their friends. When the villagers came to know about it, they called a panchayat and took a decision to ostracise me and my family. Suman couldn’t bear the trauma and took the extreme step,” he said.
The girl was found hanging in her room on Wednesday.
The ASP said that though the family members had levelled serious allegations against villagers, after investigations we found there was no merit in the allegations.
“Main accused are Munne, Raja and Sonu (all identified by their first name) and they have been booked. We did not find any basis in the allegation against the entire panchayat,” he said.
Dalit rights activist Manorama Sharma said the girl’s father had clearly said that the panchayat was involved and the family members had pleaded against the verdict, so the police department’s conclusion is surprising.