Dalit groom in Uttar Pradesh rides horse amid police security
MEERUT: A Dalit groom in Meerut who had alleged threats from upper caste men in his village was able to ride a horse during his wedding procession on Friday after police provided him security. The family breathed a sigh of relief as the 'ghudchadi' ceremony — in which the groom initiates the baraat on his horse — passed without in dent and the procession made its way to the bride’s village nearby.
Earlier on Thursday, Mangeram, father of the groom, had approached Sardhana thana in his village of Maanpuri and alleged that an upper caste family had threatened “to kill his son, Sooraj, if he dared to ride a horse”. The family had then sought police cover, citing previous in dents where Dalit youths had been stopped from riding a horse in their village.
Following the compnt, a police team led by station house officer (Sardhana) Brijesh Kumar visited the accused Thakur family on Friday. “The family told us that they had not objected to the groom riding a horse, but had asked them to switch off the music while passing their house as they were in mourning after a family member passed away recently,” said the SHO.
While initially police seemed to have downplayed the conflict, by evening three policemen were deployed at the groom’s house. At the time of filing this report, the groom’s wedding procession was moving towards the wedding venue in the nearby village.
Brother of the groom, Ankit, told TOI that caste-based violence had happened in the region previously. “The same family had thrashed us earlier when we were building our house and were using the road to keep construction material. The upper castes have objected to our festivities many times,” he said.
Dalit weddings have often been interrupted by upper castes over grooms from the community riding a horse or taking their baraat through public spaces.
Secular Aam Aadmi
UP.... some things never change
He was able to ride the horse !! That is a change ; a rather welcome change !!
Dr. Carmo Costa-Viegas
Mindset of this century.
And they cmed the caste sy em is vanished after..........
This is also unprecedented as per feku ji
With the present structure of reservation, Soon the Dalits will be riding elephants too.
Do you have any problem with that?
Hindus first need put their own house in order.It is a shame than even now casting rules in UP
They request to low down the celebration as they were mourning.. Anyone would have done it out of kindness. Media is just trying to sensationalize it.
It is sad that caste sy em in UP is still prevalent at its worst!
even if Lord Ram comes these UP Biharis won't change
Same happens in all communities albeit in this case it is horse, point is caste sy em ests in hindu mus m and chr tians in india regardless of
Hight time society gets over medieval caste sy em, which has no role today.
Good news for dalits
Thakur themselves are of dubious ancestry and infact they are low in their head.