Indian state bans "social boycotts" by panchayats‎

Posted May 14, 2016 11:41 am by Editor

Indian state bans "social boycotts" by panchayats‎

India’s Maharashtra state has become the first in the country to ban village councils from imposing “social boycotts” that ostracise individuals or families for defying tradition.  Women and lower caste Dalits often bear the brunt of such judgments, passed as punishment for perceived misdeeds such as marrying between castes or dressing immodestly.  The western Indian state last month passed the law against a decades-old practice of village panchayats, or councils, ordering social boycotts

Under village council orders, individuals and families have been banished from the community, and denied access to temples, wells, markets and celebrations.  In some cases, panchayats have even

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