Four booked for beating up Dalit groom in Gwalior; relatives allege caste slurs hurled (The Hindu)

The groom’s family protested against the local police alleging bias on the part of some officers in the department



Four people have been booked for allegedly beating up a Dalit groom following a scuffle that broke out during a wedding procession when it was passing by the houses of accused hailing from the ‘upper caste’ in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior district, police said on May 23.

According to the police, the incident took place at around 11 p.m. on May 20 when the wedding procession of one Naresh Jatav was being taken out in Gwalior’s Rithodan village under Karahiya police station range. 

Niranjan Sharma, Additional Superintendent of Police, Gwalior Rural, told The Hindu, that a case under sections 294 and 323 of the IPC and relevant section of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, has been registered. He said that some people from both sides received minor injuries.

The accused were identified as Sanjay Rawat, Dalbir Rawat, Sandeep Rawat, and Anil Rawat. 

While the relatives of the groom alleged that the scuffle began when some people threw water at the procession and gathered in front of it with sticks when the procession was passing by their houses, local police said that currency notes being flown by the groom’s relatives had fallen on some women from the accused’s side which resulted in the clash.  

Ramnath Awasthi, an elderly relative of the groom, said, “They hurled abuses and caste slurs against the members of the procession. They also fired gun shots in the air and beat up the groom and other relatives with sticks, and broke the horse carriage.” 

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