Dalit groom takes out baraat under police cover
Indore: For the first time in several decades, a Dalit groom of a village in Betma, was able to take out his baraat and offer prayers at Ram temple on Thursday, all under the special surveillance of police.
Until now, Dalit grooms in Aurangpura village were not allowed to take out marriage procession and enter in any temple by the dominant upper caste. It was a privilege strictly reserved for them.
Police said, no Dalit groom had ever got married with band, baaja, baraat at the village in past several decades. However, a Dalit, Ajay Malviya, approached Betma police and requested them to provide support so that his baraat could be taken out.
Malviya also told police that there were two barbers in the village, one for Dalits and another for upper caste people.
When cops heard Malviya ’s tale, they were shocked and promised that the wedding procession would be taken out and it would go across the entire village. Armed police personnel were deployed in the village to ensure that. The police also urged villagers that the procession be allowed to proceed without interference, Depalpur SDOP Ramkumar Rai said.
Under the watchful eye of cops, Malviya along with his family members offered special prayer in the Ram temple. Thereafter, the baraat proceeded to marriage venue.
Police said the family members alleged that they were not even allowed to fetch water from public taps and get shaved in barber shops. To avoid any untoward incident further, a special surveillance is being kept on the family members for their safety.