Dalit gets death threats for marrying non-dalit

CHITAHA (SUNSARI), Aug 16: Despite a government announcement of Rs
100,000 incentive for dalit-nondalit marriage, a dalit youth in
Chitaha of Sunsari has been receiving death threats despite paying a
fine of Rs 51,000 for marrying a non-dalit girl.

Pradip Kumar Ram, 18, is facing displacement from his village with
relatives of the girl repeatedly coming to his house to threaten him.

"The girl´s father Bhola Prasad Pal has vowed to kill me,” said Ram,
who married Pal´s daughter Sonam on June 7. A meeting of village
elders made Ram pay Rs 51,000 fine two days after the marriage. The
sum was paid to the girl´s father. But Ram is still receiving death
threats from the girl´s relatives.

“For five days, they have been coming to our house to thrash us and
threaten to kill us all,” said Shakuntala, Ram´s mother.

The victims have accused village elders and political parties for
doing injustice to them. Among those who made the family pay the fine
is Ganga Prasad Meheta, former ward chairman, who is a CPN (UML)
worker. The family was made to pay the fine even after the matter was
taken to District Police Office, Inaruwa.

According to locals, the girl´s relatives have already married her off
in Katihar, India.

Published on 2010-08-16 14:16:04


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