Pune: Around 11 people, who were ostracised from the Madewar Telgu Parit Samaj (MTPS), lodged a complaint at the Kondhwa police station on Monday evening against the head and secretary of the Samaj, under the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention Prohibition and Redressal) Act (MPPSB). This is the first case lodged in Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee cleared the legislation last week.
Based on the complaint, officials of Kondhwa police have booked 17 persons including Rajendra Mahakale (head), Sunil Kodgir (secretary) of MTPS in the case. The complaint was lodged by one Umesh Rudrap (51), in which he told the police that he was ostracised from the community for marrying a girl from a different community. Later, Rudrap requested the head of the community to take his son in the community but he was not entertained.
The complainants reached the Kondhwa police station on Monday evening along with Nandini Jadhav, Pune district executive president of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), who said that there were 40 people who have faced the problem, of which 11 have lodged a complaint with the police. “We need to understand that when boycotting a person from the community, it creates discrimination against the person, and so the law was formed. If the problem of boycotting from the community is not handled properly, it can lead to serious repercussions as we have seen in past when people have committed suicides after being ostracised,”added Jadhav.
One of the complainants told Sakal times that her son, who had scored good marks, was not felicitated by the community members while other students were. “This was humiliating for my son,” the complainant added. Other complainants said that after they were boycotted from their community, they were not allowed to attend religious functions.
Speaking of the issue, police officials said that it is very difficult to collect evidence in such cases. “If the community members are not talking to the victims and are not calling them to religious functions, it becomes a subjective matter,” a police official said.
However, President of MANS Avinash Patil said that the act takes care of all such things and police can certainly rely on circumstantial evidence in some cases. Police inspector Shrikant Shinde said that the complaint has been accepted by the police and investigation is in progress.