Pabnawa couple refuses to meet families,won’t return to village

Days after the Haryana government decided to compensate 282 Dalit families affected in the Pabnawa violence in order to ensure that villagers return home,an uneasy calm prevails in the village in Haryana’s Kaithal district.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:37 pm

Days after the Haryana government decided to compensate 282 Dalit families affected in the Pabnawa violence in order to ensure that villagers return home,an uneasy calm prevails in the village in Haryana’s Kaithal district.

On April 10,members of Rors and Dalit communities had entered into a fierce clash over the wedding of a Dalit boy with a Ror. Following the clash,over 200 Dalit families had left the village fearing attacks. Despite the Haryana government claiming that there was a truce between Rors and Dalits,the couple in question — Suryakant (Dalit) and Meena (Ror),who are currently staying at a shelter home under police security — has refused to return to the village and even meet their families.

Suryakant and Meena escaped from the village and approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking police protection on April 9. They got married on April 10 and returned to Kaithal,where they were provided police security and refuge at a shelter home.

Last month,Haryana Parliamentary Affairs and Industries Minister Randeep Surjewala had held a series of meetings with the representatives of both the communities. Monetary compensation was given to the affected Dalit families whose houses,shops and vehicles were damaged in the attack. The Dalit families,who had fled the village following the clash have also started returning homes.

Kaithal Deputy Commissioner Chandershekhar said: “We have not restricted anybody from meeting the couple. Any their family member can meet them. But the couple has refused to meet their families and even said they will not return to their village. As of now,the district police is providing them security and they are safe in the shelter home.”

“The situation in Pabnawa was slowly returning to normal and but in a minor clash that took place recently,a couple of Dalit boys had been injured. But our preliminary investigation shows that it was not a communal issue but a personal one. Those responsible have already been arrested,” he added.

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