Music at Dalit wedding invites panchayat's ire

A Dalit family had to face the ire of the panchayat for having a ‘DJ’ at a wedding ceremony in Uttar Pradesh’s Jat dominated Baghpat district.

The panchayat members turned up in the middle of the ceremony and forced the family to stop the music and even made sure that the DJ group immediately left the village.

According to reports, Poonam’s marriage was fixed with a youth of Sonipat district in Haryana. When the groom arrived on Sunday evening, panchayat convener Mohakam Khan threatened the guests and the family with dire consequences if they did not immediately stop DJ.

He said a ‘sarva khap panchayat’ held a few months back had banned playing music and organising dance programmes at wedding ceremonies. Khan and other members said the ceremony be performed be performed in a simple manner.

According to reports, some guests tried to talk to the panchayat but keept queit after being threatened. “We have met senior officials and lodged a complaint against the dictatorial attitude of the panchayat,” said Hukum Chand. Police said senior officials had visited the village to ascertain the facts. “We will take stern action if the reports are true,” the officials said.

Interestingly, the incident occurred in Asara village, where a few months back, a panchayat had declared that those marrying against the wishes of the family would not be allowed to live in the village.

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