Date: 22/08/2013

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Muslims shunned after one of them elopes with Jat woman in UP


For the past four days, nearly 800 Muslims of Palachand village in
Aligarh district have been socially boycotted by the majority Jat
community after a Jat woman eloped with a Muslim man.

The Jats don't speak to the Muslims, they are not allowed to make
purchases at local shops and are barred from working in farms of Jats.
The Jats have also stopped buying milk from dairies of Muslims.

The woman who eloped belonged to Nisuja hamlet of Palachand, and the
man is from Khurja in Bulandshahr district. They studied together
until high school in Khurja and stayed in touch after the woman moved
to a college in Khair. They met at a wedding in Palachand on July 1
and eloped, sparking tension between their communities, before the
woman was traced on August 5.

"She said she does not want to live with her family. That is why I had
to send her to the Nari Niketan in Mathura," said Aligarh SSP
Dharamveer Yadav. On August 9, groups from the two communities clashed
in nearby Arni village. Police registered a case and Dinesh, the uncle
of the woman, and two Muslims were arrested.

Subsequently, the Jats convened a panchayat and gave a call to
socially boycott the Muslims.

"It looks strange when they turn their face away," villager Mohammad
Isarel said. "There may not be serious problems right now... but we
cannot live like this for long. We informed the police that the boy
does not belong to our village and does not even have a relative in
our village."

Devraj Singh, district president of the BJP and a Jat who attended the
panchayat, said the boycott would continue. "It is already enforced.
Local Jats have decided not to have any relations with Muslim in their
area," he said.

The local police organised meetings between the two communities after
the boycott call and the SSP visited the village on Tuesday and urged
the two communities to live in harmony. But the efforts have not met
with much success.