‘No’ Baarat From Thakur Locality


Lucknow: Sanjay Kumar, a 27-year-old Dalit youth, who has been struggling from the last few months, just for the sake of taking out his ‘baraat’ through his bride’s Thakur-dominated area.

Kumar, a resident of Basai Babas village in Hathras district of western Uttar Pradesh, has left no stone unturned to make his dream turn into reality. On March 15, he moved the Allahabad High Court and has written several letters to every government officials.

“When the Constitution says we are all equal, and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath says we are all Hindus, and he heads a Hinduvadi party, why am I facing such a situation,” the Indian Express quoted Kumar as saying.

Kumar and his bride both belong to the Jatav cast, which is a minority in the Thakur dominated village. Problem starts from here. After the Thakur’s got to know about Kumar’s request, they reportedly started troubling the Jatavs. From stating Sheetal a minor to cutting off the water supply to Jatav fields, Thakur’s have done it all.

The issue sparked after the Jatav’s having an allegiance towards Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), became a resident of a small village having Thakur as a majority. Reports said the police have got around 11 Jatavs and 24 Thakurs to sign on bonds stating they wouldn’t create violence in the area to which the Thakurs have agreed to extend all help.