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Dalit groom attacked for riding a mare during wedding procession

A Dalit man riding a mare during his wedding procession (baraat) was attacked with beer bottles and dragged along the road allegedly by a group of upper caste men in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district, according to multiple reports.

Kailash Meghwal, the groom, was attacked in Jhalo Ka Dhana village in Udaipur.

The practice of riding mare is still considered as an exclusive privilege of the upper castes in this highly caste-conscious society.

One of the assailants was detained after the groom lodged a police complaint. Other assailants are still at large, police told media.

According to the Ghasa police station SHO Ramesh Kavia, the complainant claimed that around five to six people, armed with beer bottles, rods and other sharp-edged weapons, attacked him and others in the procession.

“We have booked a case against four people under sections of the SC/ST Act and investigation is on. To provide protection to the victim family, we have deployed policemen to avoid any untoward incident,” Kavia was quoted by PTI as saying.


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