Guwahati: In a shocking incident that has come into light from Rhenock, East Sikkim, a man had been denied permission to carry out the last rites of his father for ‘marrying a Scheduled Caste (SC) woman’.
Man Bahadur Bhujel, hailing from Reshi, had married Kamala Darjee 22 years ago and was boycotted from the family for the same.
However, when Man Bahadur Bhujel’s father expired five days ago, villagers told Bhujel that he won’t be able to carry out his father’s ‘Anthesti Kriya’ which was heartbreaking for him.
The duo then requested the villagers to allow them to carry the rites but their plea was not heard by the villagers. The couple later tried to carry out the last rites at their home, but failed to find a priest.
The couple then approached the president of the All Sikkim Scheduled Caste Welfare Association, Shekar Sewa.
Sewa immediately visited the village and spoke to the villagers, however, he found out that only a section of illiterate people were against Bhujel carrying out the last rites.
The president had assured justice to the victim family by doing the needful. “I will visit the DC office and apprise the DC of the discrimination faced by the couple, and will give them proper justice according to the Atrocities Act,” Shekar said to the media.
This is not the first time that such incident of caste discrimination has come into light in Sikkim.