Opponents of inter-caste marriage booked under Social Boycott Act in Pune
The complaint claims that the three men married outside their community and have been kept away from social gatherings and events by the community headspune Updated:
The Telugu Madelwar Samaj, which was the first community whose leaders were booked under the newly implemented law against social boycott, The Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016, has come under fire again. This time, three people have lodged a complaint against the community for socially boycotting couples who married people outside of their caste.
The three complainants were identified as Ajit Ramachandra Chinchane, Mahesh Tulsiram Angare and Santosh Rajaram Chinchane. A case under relevant sections of the Act will be filed at the Khadki police station.
The complaint, addressed to the senior police inspector of the station, claims that the three men married outside their community and have been kept away from social gatherings and events by the community heads. “The five head members of the community refuse to attend weddings from our family. They force the ones who attend the weddings in our family to quit their post in the community leadership. They not only boycott us from happy social gatherings, but also from sad ones,” the complaint read.
The complaint by the three men also claimed that a few families have forced their children to marry against their will due to the fear of boycott from the community. The complainants were accompanied by representatives of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), an organisation which was run by the famous rationalist Narendra Dabholkar who was murdered in August, 2013.
The complainants have also claimed that the community leaders discourage the members of the community from interacting with their families only because of their choice of spouse.
The first complaint under the law was filed against 17 committee members of the Telugu Madelwar Samaj on July 17 at Kondhwa police station.