Dalit households face social boycott in Odisha after lady plucks flowers from upper-caste man’s backyard

Dhenkanal (Odisha), August 23

Around 40 Dalit households had been subjected to social boycott for over a fortnight after a 15-year-old lady plucked flowers from the backyard of an upper-caste man in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district, officers mentioned on Sunday.

Their ordeal ended following the intervention of police and administration, a police officer mentioned.

The incident befell in Kantio Kateni village in Tumusinga police station space.

“The two groups were at loggerheads for a long time due to an old rivalry and it snowballed into a major controversy after the girl plucked flowers from the garden of an upper-caste man,” Tumusinga police station inspector in-charge A Okay Dungdung mentioned.

“The Dalit families were then subjected to social boycott. They were denied ration from a local shop and barred from attending social events,” he mentioned.

Steps had been taken to resolve the difficulty after representatives of the Dalit households approached the police and the district administration just a few days in the past, the sub-collector of Kamakhyanagar sub-division, BP Acharya, mentioned.

They additionally submitted memoranda to the administration and the police, the sub-collector added.

The village contains over 700 households, of which 40 belong to the Scheduled Caste Naik neighborhood, the official mentioned.

“The girl’s father claimed that the Dalit representatives had also tendered an apology following the incident but still they were subjected to the social boycott,” he mentioned.

Sarpanch Pranabandhu Das admitted that the villagers had been requested to not talk with the Dalit households however claimed that the restrictions had been restricted to solely that.

He mentioned the matter between the 2 teams was certain to be resolved in the end of time, including that members of the bulk neighborhood didn’t intend to “invite trouble” preserving in thoughts the provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Acharya mentioned a peace assembly was held between the 2 teams within the village within the presence of senior district administration and police officers on Friday and the difficulty was resolved.

Both teams arrived at a compromise forgetting the bitterness of the previous and normalcy had been restored within the village, he mentioned.

Dundung mentioned the police didn’t file an FIR over the difficulty as either side wished to reach at a compromise and kind out the matter. PTI

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