Enact law to prevent social boycott, urges NGO

Members of MANS with Yashodha and her family in Gollarahalli of Malavalli taluk, Mandya district, on Sunday.

Members of MANS with Yashodha and her family in Gollarahalli of Malavalli taluk, Mandya district, on Sunday.  

The Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), a Maharashtra organisation working against superstition and other social evil, has said that the Karnataka government should enact a law to curb social boycott.

A three-member fact finding committee from MANS visited Gollarahalli in Malavalli taluk and met Yashodha and her family, which has been facing social boycott for “encouraging inter-caste marriage” for a few weeks now. Yashodha was married to Kumar, a cab driver in Bengaluru, with the consent of both families about two years ago. She belongs to the Tigala Gowda community, while Mr. Kumar, from the nearby Tharalakatte village, is from the Vokkaliga community. According to Ms. Yashodha, some village elders were against the marriage and had been harassing her parents ever since the union. They have imposed social boycott on her family and also on an advocate for supporting the marriage.

The Hindu had carried the news (‘Two families face social boycott’ on January 26, 2019). “We read the news in The Hindu and decided to take the incident to a logical end,” Savita Shete, State Secretary, National Coordinating Wing, MANS, told The Hindu. There were no changes in the village in spite of senior officials visiting the village on many occasions, Ms. Shete said.

According to Avinash Patil, Executive President, villagers have still been denying groceries, other essential commodities and employment to the family. The government should enact a law to curb such developments. MANS will submit memoranda to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Home Minister M.B. Patil, Mandya Deputy Commissioner N. Manjushri, Mandya Superintendent of Police D. Shivaprakash, National and State Human Rights Commissions, Karnataka State Women’s Rights Commission and other agencies demanding justice for the family, Ms. Shete said.

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