Monday, 19 December 2011

Activist seeks cancellation of FIR against 4 youths

BHIWANI: Giving another twist to the row regarding ghurchari ceremony involving a dalit groom in Devsar village, an animal activist has demanded quashing of the FIR registered against the accused, stating that they had only performed their duty by stopping abuse of elephant in their village.

The police had nabbed four upper caste youths on charges of forcibly stopping the dalit groom from performing a wedding ritual of riding an elephant on December 13. The groom, Veer Bhan, was refrained from riding the elephant on December 5 after which Bhan's father, Ramkishan, had lodged a complaint against those youths.

The police booked a case under sections 147 (rioting), 148 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person), of the IPC and 3/3 SC/ST Act and nabbed the four youths, identified as Pramod, Mandeep, Vikas and Rahul, this week.

However, Naresh Kadyan, representative of an NGO, International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA) chapter in India, filed an application with the district administration and the concerned police station, saying, "OIPA chapter in India recognizes the efforts of youth activists who opposed animal abuse and demands cancellation of the FIR lodged with the Bhiwani Sadar police station."

He said the NGO declared seven persons facing assault charges as best activists for the year 2011 because these people are facing counter criminal cases against them for performing their fundamental duties as defined under article 51 A(g) of the Indian Constitution of India.

Bhiwani sadar police SHO Shribhagwan Singh, when contacted, admitted receiving the complaint but denied taking any action, stating that there was no animal abuse as the dalit groom was not allowed to perform the ghurchari.When told that the groom had undertaken the elephant ride in Kharkhari Makhvan, his bride's village, the SHO said he had no information about this. Ramkishan had publicly stated that his son had carried out the elephant ride on the same day when he was prevented from doing so.

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