Marriage Procession From Dalit Community after 80 Years with 350 Police Personnel
Nizampur village of Kasganj district witnessed a peaceful wedding on Sunday in the presence of heavy police as well as Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC). 6 months ago the Local Thakur community allegedly threatened Dalits against riding horses or horse-drawn buggies at their weddings. Breaking the age-old tradition of Thakur men to suppress the Dalit community, 27-year-old Sanjay peacefully got married to his wife, 18-year-old wife, Sheetal Singh.
It was history in making for Dalit groom from the district of Hathras rode into the village on a horse-drawn buggy on Sunday afternoon.
Sanjay said, “We fought against all odds to just earn respect, dignity and equality for our community. Neither my community nor I was against local Thakurs, but we were against the indiscrimination on the basis of caste.”
The upper caste men attacked the Dalit community thrice in the past four decades whenever they tried to take out a wedding procession. Now, 27-year-old Sanjay has changed this now.
Kasganj sub-divisional magistrate Devendra Pratap Singh said, “Over 350 police personnel from six police stations along with PAC jawans accompanied by an ASP and two circle officers provided security to the Dalit family during the wedding procession. Armed policemen were deployed atop houses on the entire baraat route to avoid any untoward incident.”
District magistrate Rakesh Kumar, naib tehsildar Kirti Chaudhary were also present along with Devendra Pratap Singh to monitor the situation in the village.
According to the police, “The police personnel were deployed here since Saturday and sleuths of local intelligence unit were keeping a tab on the villagers’ movement. Metal detectors were deployed to frisk the guests attending the wedding.”