Tribal families in MP face social boycott over Durga Puja donation

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Tribal families in Madhya Pradesh alleged that they were facing social boycott for not donating enough for Durga Puja donation. Representational image

Tribal families in Madhya Pradesh alleged that they were facing social boycott for not donating enough for Durga Puja donation. According to sources, fourteen tribal families in Balaghat district of the state have complained about facing a social boycott for not donating enough money towards Durga Puja festivities in their village, Motegaon.

The villagers not allowing them to graze cattle and are even being denied medical and health services, they said.

They approached the local police for help, but to no avail. On Tuesday, they approached the Balaghat district police superintendent for justice.

“Our financial position is very week. We were incapable of paying anything more than ₹ 151 as donation for the village’s Durga Puja celebrations. As a result, some powerful men instigated the villagers to socially boycott us,” said Munsingh Masram, an aggrieved villager.

Another villager, Dhansingh Parte said, the tribal families were left with little money, due to the COVID-19. “We reported the matter at the Lamta police station. The cops tried to resolve the matter through consensus, but to no avail,” Parte said.

Cops are trying to convince villagers: Minister

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister, Dr Narottam Mishra, told NDTV, that “the sub-divisional officer and police station in-charge were trying to convince the villagers. If they don’t end the social boycott, appropriate legal action would be initiated,” he said.

The opposition Congress is, in the meantime, on the offensive. Former minister Sajjan Singh Verma said his party wanted to discuss such issues in the assembly but the government always cuts short the session. “This government is far away from real issues of farmers, tribals, and the unemployed,” he said.

A few days ago, some ‘unknown’ persons allegedly burnt alive a 28-year-old tribal man, over a loan in Guna district. The Congress claimed the dead man was a “bonded labourer”, who was killed for his failure to repay ₹ 5,000.

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