Assam:Authorities arrange for ‘ostracised’ man’s last rites as villagers refuse to help family, dead body exhumed

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The incident occurred in the Ganakchuba area of Mangaldoi in the district.
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Guwahati: The buried body of a man was exhumed and cremated as per Hindu rituals by the District administration officials in Assam’s Darrang on Friday.

According to the sources, locals refused to help his family with cremation due to social ostracisation owing to his inter-caste marriage 27 years ago.

The incident occurred in the Ganakchuba area of Mangaldoi in the district.

Atul Sarma, a Brahmin who married Pranita Devi, who belonged to the Koch community which is listed among the state’s Other Backward Classes (OBC) about 27 years ago.

The other villagers were invited by Sarma’s family to cremate his body in accordance with Hindu traditions after he passed away on Tuesday at his home, said sources.

However, villagers refused to touch the body and didn’t come forward to cremate it due to his marriage to other castes.

As a result, family members were compelled to bury the body on the bank of the river.

Meanwhile, the couple’s son, who was away, could not return before his father’s body was buried.

The son later claimed that his parents had been socially ostracised ever since their marriage about 27 years ago as his mother belonged to a ‘lower caste’.

Following the incident, Officer-in-Charge of Mangaldoi police station, Mukut Kakati stated that the body will be cremated according to the Hindu rituals.

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