Turned away from crematorium, Dalit family cremates kin near nullah

A Dalit family was reportedly compelled to cremate an elderly woman in a jungle after some upper caste people allegedly did not allow them to use the village crematorium in Fozal valley of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district

About 100-year-old woman, a resident of Dhara village, died after prolonged illness on Thursday. Her grandson, Tape Ram, alleged that when the funeral procession reached the village crematorium, some upper caste men stopped them to cremate his grandmother there.

A video is making rounds on social media where Tape Ram is making the statement while his grandmother is being cremated in the backdrop.

Tape Ram said, “They (upper caste men) said we shall be responsible if anything bad happens due to the wrath of the deity. So we brought the body to nearby nullah and cremated it.”

Meanwhile, when contacted, Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan said, “The SDM and the DSP of Manali have been asked to look the matter.”

“We are trying to establish the identity of the man in the video. We are also talking to the villagers to verify the facts,” he said.

Mr. Khan added, “So far no one has come forward (for lodging the complaint), we are trying to get the exact information. I am very strict in such matters. If anything concrete comes forth, I will not spare anyone (responsible for that).”


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