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A 44-year-old Dalit man in Uttar Pradesh has alleged that he was forced to spit and lick his own saliva off the ground as a punishment announced by Panchayat because his son married a Muslim woman.
According to a news report by news agency ANI, the victim who is a resident of Sonda Habibpur village in Bulandshahr was also asked to leave the village along with his family.
"During a Panchayat meeting, I was asked to spit and lick my own spit because my son married a Muslim woman. Panchayat also asked me to leave the village,' the victim was quoted as saying by ANI.
''They said that my wife and daughter should be paraded naked,'' he added.
The media reports also say that he was also assaulted and his the women in his family were threatened with rape.
The police have registered an FIR regarding the case and further investigation is being carried out.
Superintendent of Police of Bulandshahr said, "We have received complaint from a Dalit man who said that he was made to spit and lick his own spit during a panchayat meeting as his son had married a Muslim girl. We will take strict action against those responsible," ANI reported.
The victim has further claimed that his son and the Muslim girl even registered their marriage in the court.
SP Dehat Bulandshahr says, "We have received complaint from a dalit man who said that he was made to spit and lick his own spit during a panchayat meeting as his son had married a Muslim girl. We will take strict action against those responsible." #Bulandshahr (28.06.18) pic.twitter.com/PiSrxiCAXd— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 1, 2018