Band, Baaja, Guns, Teargas At Wedding As Dalit Family Defies Threats

Edited by Deepshika Ghosh

Bhopal: For the wedding of his daughter, a Dalit man in Madhya Pradesh invited policemen armed with rifles, batons and teargas. Without them there could be no band, baaja or baraat – every symbol of defiance in his village, which is dominated by upper caste families.

Like many in his community, Chander Meghwal was also warned by upper caste neighbours against a lavish wedding and ordered to stick to a back lane instead of the main road for the baraat or groom’s procession. 

“They told us you can use a dhol but no band, or it will be seen as disrespect,” he told NDTV.

But he was not about to compromise on his daughter’s big day. His complaint went right to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s office, and police protection was assured for the Sunday event.

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