Family of six claims to have ostracised for four years on khap panchayat's orders
A family of six has claimed that it has been ostracised for the last four years as it failed to heed the decree of the Rager community khap panchayat on the outskirts of Bundi town.
The khap allegedly issued the diktat in relation to a custody battle over a boy after his father died.
The khap, however, has denied issuance of any such decree.
In 2010, Durgashankar Rager (32) died in a road accident. Following this, Durgashankar's mother Pushpabai allegedly asked her daughter-in-law Rekhabai and grandson Yash to leave their home in Talera town, citing a strain on finances, said Rupnarayan, the maternal grandfather of Yash.
Rekhabai, along with her one-year-old son, then started living at her father Rupnarayan's home in Bundi. The mother-son duo lived there till Rekhabai remarried. Yash continues to live with Rupnarayan even after Rekhabai's marriage.
Rupnarayan alleged that Pushpabai took an interest in Yash's life after an accident insurance sum of Rs 3 lakh was to be credited to the minor. Following which, Pushpabai sought help from the khap panchayat.
Rupnarayan's refusal to send his grandson to Pushpabai, resulted in the khap ostracising Ramnarayan's family, according to his family.
Rupnarayan, who works as a daily labourer, has deposited the insurance claim amount in the name of his maternal grandson, who will be able to withdraw the sum after he turns 18 years of age.
Today Yash studies in class 3 at a private school in the city. Rupnarayan believes his only crime is that he took responsibility for his grandson.
Around three months ago, Rupnarayan along with his family dared to attend the panchayat meeting at the community complex in Bundi city, however, the incident has now become a sour memory. "We were greeted with insults and subjected to humiliation. We have pushed away from the venue as the panches used abusive language," said Rupnarayan.
"I am forced to remain a spinster. Girls of my age are enjoying a happily married life with kids," said a teary Deepmala.
Deepmala demanded the government and concerned agencies punish the community Khap Panchayat for the wrong done to them.
Rupnarayan over a year ago filed a suit in civil magistrate court against the community panches.
Rupnarayan's case has surfaced on the back of similar such incidents being reported. In the beginning of July, a five-year-old girl was ostracised by the Rager khap panchayat in Haripura village of Bundi district for accidentally destroying a sandpiper's eggs.
On Sunday last, a family was branded outcast after four sisters shouldered their father' bier before performing the last rites.
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