In Mehsana village in Gujarat, the Dalits have been facing social boycott after a groom from the community rode a horse as a part of his marriage function earlier this week.
The police said that five-person including the village sarpanch Vinuji Thakor and deputy sarpanch Baldeo Thakor has been arrested under atrocity act. The police had reached the village after the Dalit members reported the matter to them.
As per the police, the upper caste members of the village were upset over the groom Mehul Parmar (24) riding a horse during marriage procession on May 7. The groom works in a private firm in Ahmedabad.
Following this, the villagers held a meeting and announced a boycott of all Dalits community members. The sarpanch said that the Dalits of the village had no right to ride a horse and by riding the horse, the groom had broken the village tradition.
The village sarpanch also announced a penalty of Rs 5000 on those who talked to the members of the community or tried to help them with anything.
After the boycott, the shopkeepers refused to sell items like milk and food grains to the Dalit members. A Dalit activist said that the Dalit members were stopped from fetching water from the village well and has also ordered to employ the members of the community as farm laborers.
On Thursday, the police arrested five-person from the village in Mehsana under SC/ST Atrocity (Prevention) Act, for criminal Act, for criminal intimidation, causing intentional insult with the intent to provoke breach of peace and other section of IPC.