Stopped from entering temple during marriage ceremony in Madhya Pradesh

Stopped from entering temple during marriage ceremony in Madhya Pradesh


Ujjain: Despite strict laws and social reforms, there seems to be no end to caste discrimination in the country. In a fresh incident reported from Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, a Dalit groom, who is a police constable, was allegedly prevented from entering the temple by some upper caste men. The incident reportedly took place on Monday.

It is alleged that the groom identified as Meherban Parmar wished to visit the temple to take blessings of Lord Ram in Bardia village during his marriage procession on Sunday night. However, the temple’s gates were allegedly locked to prevent the entry of the groom.

A similar incident reportedly took place on Monday with one Kailash Parmar, who works for the state health department, according to a report in Free Press Journal. Around 5,000 people stay in Bardia village.

Meanwhile, a caste group called All India Balai Federation has submitted a memorandum to Superintendent of Police (SP) Satyendra Kumar Shukla and Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Satosh Tagore demanding action against the accused.

The local Rajput community also gave a representation to Bhatpachlana police station-in-charge Sanjay Verma regarding the issue. According to the police officer, the community members claimed the temple was built by them and they have been maintaining the religious place for several years. Rajput community members also told police that the temple was closed due to the death in the family of the priest.

“The people from Rajput community informed that one person in the family of the temple priest has died and the temple is closed due to ‘sutak’ (Hindu belief of abstaining from worship for a specified period following the death of a family member),” the report quoted Sanjay Verma as saying.

As the controversy snowballed, the constable groom was made to visit the temple under the supervision of senior police officials including SDM and SPOP on Monday itself.

Courtesy : Timesnownews

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