Saturday, December 11, 2004

Paraded naked for marrying out of caste

By Manoj Prasad

KHUNTI: A couple in Manhu village of Khunti subdivision were tonsured and paraded naked on Thursday afternoon for daring to tie the knot last week against their parents' wishes, as they belonged to different castes.

Bishun Ghasi (20), a Dalit, managed to escape the wrath of a mob showering shoes and blows on him and informed the police at Torpa, 18 km from here. His wife, Galo, is an Adivasi. They were receiving threats from the village elders to end their affair or face social ostracisation. Police today raided the village and lodged an FIR against 10 persons, including the father of the girl, Bagun Munda. Torpa sub-inspector Ashok Bhagat said four village elders — Bhadrav Pahan, Birsa Pahan, Somar Pahan and B. Pahan — were arrested.

"The village elders did not accept the affair as the girl belongs to the Adivasi community and the boy to Ghasi. Her parents are against the affair," Bhagat said. The couple were paraded naked after a meeting of village elders, police said.

Source: The Indian Express, December 11, 2004

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