A 20-year-old woman kills self after family ostracised over her marriage with Dalit boy on Thursday in Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh district.
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.
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 some time ago, but the villagers were not aware of 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.
Main accused are Munne, Raja and Sonu (all identified by their first name) and they have been booked.
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.>