Well, usually a groom wears ‘sehera‘ or turban on his wedding day, but this groom from Madhya Pradesh was forced to wear a helmet, reports Indian Express.
Pavan Malviya, a Dalit groom, was unaware of the impending danger. When his marriage procession (baraat) was heading towards the bride’s house, upper caste villagers began pelting stones at the procession. More than half a dozen people sustained injuries.
Upper caste villagers argued that lower-caste grooms were not supposed to ride a horse or take out a procession in the village and that the family of the groom had to abide by their illegal diktat.
The uncle’s bride then informed the police and sought police protection. A police team was deployed in the village following the incident and for safety purpose, the groom was asked to wear a helmet. SDOP RR Bansal said:
“The administration had called the two sides for a meeting in which the upper caste villagers agreed to keep their doors closed so that they would be spared the sight of a Dalit groom atop a horse. Though the upper caste villagers kept their doors closed, the procession was heavily stoned. 30 of the 72 villagers against whom an FIR was filed under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act were arrested and more arrests are likely to be made.”