Batala:Tension prevailed at Dakoha village on Tuesday when dozens of villagers denied the entry to two men who were socially boycotted by panchayat after they forged marital relations with girls of the same village.
It is pertinent to mention that few days back, panchayat of Dahoka village passed a resolution for social boycott of all families that enter into marital alliance within the same village. At the receiving end are the families of Balwinder Singh and Dilbag Singh, who married women of the same village despite objections raised by brides’ kin and panchayat.
The panchayat also ordered the residents not to maintain any relations with two families and if any family keeps in touch with them, they too will be awarded same punishment. When the matter was highlighted by media, the local administration swung into action and sub-divisional magistrate of Batala, Prithi Singh, termed the resolution as ‘null and void’. He also said that panchayat had no power to boycott someone socially and if the panchayat had passed such a resolution, it will be deemed as illegal but fearing their lives, both the families left the village same day. Against the decision of panchayat, both the families had moved an application into the Punjab and Haryana high court and demanded security cover for them.
On Tuesday morning, when Balwinder’s son Raja and Dilbag Singh’s son Rajwiner Singh tried to enter the village for taking Class XII exams, they were stopped by villagers. On getting information about this incident, Mukhtiar Singh, station house officer, Ghuman police station, rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the villagers but the angry villagers denied their entry and it was only after deputy superintendent of police of Shri Hargobindpur Gurwinder Singh along with heavy police force reached the spot, that the victim family members managed to enter the examination centre.
Seeing the increasing gathering of villagers around the examination centre, the police took both the boys from the back door after their exam and also asked the education department to shift their examination centre until the matter was resolved. However, Prithi Singh was not available for comments.