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Police To Be Informed Of Any Wedding In Ujjain’s Dalit Houses 3 Days In Advance: Circular

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| May 5 , 2018 , 11:03 IST

Mahidpur Tensil in the Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh has a new advisory from the authorities: a wedding in any Dalit family has to be informed to the police three days in advance.

As per a report published in the Indian Express, all the sarpanches and panchayats secretaries have been asked to ensure that the cops are informed 3 days in advance if there is a wedding in a Dalit family within their jurisdiction.

The circular, reportedly issued by Mahidpur Sub Divisional Magistrate Jagdish Gomesh cites a recent incident between Dalits and upper castes wherein the groom was forced to get off a horse.

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The incident took place last month when a Dalit groom’s marriage procession passed through Naggurdiya village. A group of men from the village forced the groom off the horse. Those who tried to intervene were beaten and stone pelted. Seventeen people were taken into custody following an FIR.

Speaking to Indian Express the SDM called it a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.

“It’s a precautionary measure. We want to avoid any untoward incident. After a case of atrocity is reported, it’s difficult to get evidence because the accused deny everything and come up with a different explanation. It becomes difficult to probe such cases. It is better that the police remain present during marriage processions,’’ he said.

As per Gomesh, there were multiple small incidents involving castes that burdened the administration with extra work. He also said that the circular would help crack down on child marriages.