POSTED ON MARCH 9, 2021
In what could be mistaken for a police flag march, a procession of a Dalit groom’s wedding was accompanied by close to 60 police constable and other senior officers in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district.
By Shweta Sengar
The police cover provided to the groom’s wedding procession was sanctioned by the Deputy Superintendent of Police.
Given the history of violence and trouble caused by upper caste people, the family of the groom had approached the Sabarkantha DSP DM Chauhan and explained the situation.
The DSP acted quickly and stationed a team comprising a deputy SP, a police inspector, seven police sub-inspectors and 60 constables across the village to provide cover to the wedding procession.
The policemen were deployed along half a kilometre route of the procession to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.
“The procession for the wedding of Naresh Vankar’s son Durlabh went off peacefully with the support of villagers,” the DSP added.
There have been instances of friction among communities during such events in the state recently, mainly due to some people objecting to Dalit grooms leading their wedding processions on horseback.