Pune: Nine Caste Panchayat Members Booked For Social Boycott Of Woman And Her Family

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Pune 14th July 2023: The Pune Rural Police have taken legal action against nine members of a caste panchayat for allegedly ostracizing a woman and her family members from their community. The accused have been booked under the anti-social boycott law.

According to police, the woman had asked a community member to return money she had given to arrange her daughters’ marriages. However, the marriages could not be fixed due to which she was demanding her money to be returned. Subsequently, the members of the caste panchayat held a meeting in April and decided to socially boycott the woman and her family from the community. The woman recently approached the police, leading to the registration of the FIR.

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A case was registered by a 55-year-old woman from Yavat, who works as a laborer, and a First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Yavat police station on Wednesday. The police have invoked the Maharashtra Protection of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, which prohibits caste panchayats and other forms of social boycott, against the nine members of the Nathpanthi Davari Gosavi community. This community belongs to a nomadic tribal group.

The police have identified the nine members who have been booked under the law as Mohan Chavan, Narayan Sawant, Bhagwan Chavan, Bhaurao Shinde, Ranjeet Chavan, Tanaji Sawant, Natha Sawant, Namdeo Sawant, and Gangaram Chavan.