Panchayat decrees women to stay away from government benefits if they marry in another caste

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A ‘Jat Panchayat’ of a village in Nashik allegedly forced a woman to say in writing that she would not take advantage of government facilities provided to Scheduled Tribes

Nashik:

A ‘Jat Panchayat’ of a village in Nashik allegedly forced a woman to say in writing that she would not take advantage of government facilities provided to Scheduled Tribes (STs). The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) led by Prakash Ambedkar has demanded action against the village sarpanch. A local VBA leader claimed that the sarpanch of Raimbe village had misused his authority. The leader has demanded registration of a case against ‘Jat Panchayat’ (a group of Jat leaders).

According to sources, the woman, a resident of Valvihir village in Igatpuri taluka of Nashik, had recently married a man from another caste. On May 5, when the couple came to the groom’s house in Raimbe village in the same taluka, some members of the women’s (bride) community got furious. He called the couple to the panchayat and allegedly forced the woman to give a written submission that she would not take advantage of government facilities provided to the ST community as she married a man from another caste.

Sources said that the panchayat got the letter signed by the woman and her husband and then put the sarpanch’s seal on it.

Responding to this, VBA’s Trimbakeshwar unit president Umesh Sonawane told reporters that the government encourages removal of differences between castes and also provides financial assistance for inter-caste marriages. He said, “Sarpanch has misused his authority in this case and should not have done so. Therefore, a case should be registered against the Jat Panchayat by removing him from the post.

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