Hitesh Chavda, Gandhinagar: A Dalit youth from a Gandhinagar village was stopped from riding a horse to his wedding by alleged upper-caste community members on Sunday. This is the second such incident where the people from the lower-caste community were objected to using a horse or a horse by the upper-caste community.

It was a wedding function in a Dalit household of Parsa village in Mansa taluka of state capital Gandhinagar, where the wedding guests had arrived in luxury buses and cars while the groom decided to ride a horse in the wedding procession, as is the norm in Indian weddings in North and Western part of the country. But soon a few members from the upper caste community came to the venue and began to threaten the groom to ditch riding atop a horse as only their community can ride a horse or a horse and not the lower-caste Dalits. The members threatened the horseman to take his horse away from the wedding or else they will cut the legs of the animal with swords.

As the matter began to worsen, one of the guests from the wedding called up the police control room and appraised the cops about the situation. According to reports, the police rushed to the spot and ensured that the procession was escorted safely to its venue amidst their protection.

Dalit rights activist and Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani attacked the state government over the incident and tweeted, “Yesterday, the DGP of Gujarat at a press conference said that Dalits are safe in the state. And today there's news that a groom from the Dalit community was humiliated by making him get off his horse in Parsa village of Mansa Taluka in Gandhinagar district. I am sure this is a government supported conspiracy”

Previously, in April this year, a Dalit groom and his wedding guests in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district were attacked by upper caste men due to outrage over him riding a horse to his wedding.

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