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Telangana: Five families face social boycott in Bheemadevarapally

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Warangal: The evil practice of expulsion from the caste or community is still prevalent in some rural pockets of Hanamkonda district, thanks to the apathy of the law enforcement agencies.

In one of such cases, five families of toddy tappers of the ‘Goud’ caste/ community were expelled from a dominant group of the same community in July this year at Kothapally village of Bheemadevarapally mandal of Hanamkonda district.

Since then, the relatives of the aggrieved families have not been allowed to attend marriage functions or other ceremonies of the fellow caste people. And ‘dominant group’ had also asked the others not to attend the marriages and the ceremonies which are held by the ‘expelled families’.

Though the victims approached the police at Mulkanur police station and also submitted petitions to the Commissioner of Police, Warangal, no action was taken against the accused till the date.

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Sharing this harrowing experience, one of the victims, Kasagani Mogili said that Kasagani Ravinder and seven other members of their community, who are also members of the Toddy Tappers Credit Society (TTCS) had imposed a ban on his family and four other families as they questioned some decisions taken by the society for selling a piece of land owned by the TTCS. “We were forced to conduct any functions or ceremonies including the final rites of the family members in the absence of our relatives or other members of the community due to slapping of the ban on us. We have gone to pillar to post at the police station and CP’s office since July 6, but to no avail,” he lamented.

He added that they were feeling much distressed due to expulsion from the caste. “Moreover, the police seem to be not bothered about the issue,” he alleged.

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