An inter-caste marriage by two consenting adults belonging to Huliwana village in Mandya taluk resulted in violence and stone-pelting, in which a few Dalits and policemen were injured on Thursday night.
What triggered the violence was the marriage of Santosh, from a Scheduled Caste community, with a girl of a different community. According to a source, the parents of the girl gave their consent to the marriage reluctantly, but barred her from visiting them and community leaders gave an undertaking to the police that they would not indulge in violence. However, some miscreants went ahead and damaged property in a Dalit colony.
During the power shutdown, the miscreants damaged two dozen houses of the Dalit community, vehicles were torched and a woman was attacked. About eight persons, apart from 15 policemen, were injured. Additional forces were rushed to the village and around 40 persons have been taken into custody by the Keregodu police, which has registered a case and are investigating. The affected families have been provided with food and other relief material. A peace meeting is slated to be held.