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Gujarat Dalits face boycott after bridegroom rides horse

IANS  |  Ahmedabad 

on Friday rushed to a North village after reports of boycott of the Dalits by higher castes objecting to a youth of the community riding a horse in a marriage procession.

The community of Lhor village in district, which is also the home district of the Deputy Chief Minister, was facing a boycott after a bridegroom rode a horse during his wedding procession.

According to the Dalits in the village, they were denied milk and other necessary grocery items from the market under the influence of the boycott. Even the autorickshaw drivers were not ready to give them ride out of fear.

"The wedding procession was taken out on Tuesday when the upper caste members objected to the boy riding a horse and asked the community to keep their aspirations in check," a said. The (sarpanch) Vinuji Thakor, who along with a few other village elders ordered the villagers to socially boycott the community, has been arrested, the police said.

"I came to know about the incident on Thursday night and decided to visit the village the next day," informed Patel.

The said: "I talked with the villagers and the community heads for about one and a half hour and the community have demanded assured protection with respect to the incident to which they have my assurance."

Meanwhile, Social Justice and had ordered an inquiry into the incident on Thursday.



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First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 01:16 IST