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For His Baraat, Dalit Man Wins Fight For Equality
The Kasganj administration played mediator and convinced the Thakurs to let the groom's procession pass by their homes
- Vishabh Saini
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- April 09, 2018 03:00 IST
New Delhi : A Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh locked in a fight with so-called upper caste Thakurs and the district administration in western Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj to reach the wedding venue in a baraat has finally got his way.
The district administration which had earlier refused to let Sanjay Jatav reach the venue because of the opposition in a procession considered basic to most north Indian weddings changed its mind.
The Kasganj administration played mediator and convinced the Thakurs to let the groom's procession pass by their homes at a meeting of the two sides.
The route that the procession would take was negotiated and sealed. Ditto for the conditions that the procession would comply with to ensure that there is no breach of peace.
For nearly a month now, there has been a tense standoff between the couple and the Thakurs. Members of the Thakur community outnumber the Dalits by a 90:10 ratio in the village.
Sanjay Jatav and his fiance Sheetal had alleged that the Thakurs in the girl's village in Kasganj had refused to allow the wedding procession. The Thakurs had contended that a Dalit procession had never passed through the village and suggested that the wedding be shifted to eliminate the need for an elaborate baraat.