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Uttar Pradesh: Groom barred from entering Amroha temple before wedding, victim alleges caste bias

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15th May, 2019 14:19 IST

Amroha: How caste biases run deep in our society became evident when a Dalit groom and his relatives were barred from entering a temple in Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident happened when Dalit groom attempted to enter the temple to seek blessings before his wedding.

According to a report in Times of India, the Dalits of the locality alleged that upper caste goons were involved in prohibiting them from entering the village temple. The police have booked four persons after the father of the groom lodged an FIR.

Anger was palpable among Dalits in the village as they say this was the first time that such an incident happened in the area. The incident was reported from Makanpur Sumali village under Hasanpur police station in Amroha district.

The groom's father said that the upper caste miscreants not only blocked their path, but they also tried to snatch the currency garland and a ring of the groom. The accused have been identified as Ramavtaar Singh, Ramnivas, Bunty and Ankit of the same village.

"Police have registered a case against the accused under section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC and two persons were detained in this connection," the report quoted Hasanpur station house officer Sanjay Pratap Singh as saying.

However, Police, maintained that it was basically a dispute between two families and should not be seen as an incident of caste bias. Amroha superintendent of police, Vipin Tada, said that no one stopped the groom from entering the temple. The victims in a written complaint to police mentioned how they were stopped from entering the temple premises on Monday. Later, the bride and groom visited the temple in the presence of policemen on Tuesday.

In March this year, a Dalit bridegroom visited a Ram temple under police protection in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh after members from upper caste community allegedly did not allow the Dalit community to enter the Ram temple at Aurangpura village.

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