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Stopped From Participating in Dandiya Event for Protesting Virginity Test, Alleges Kanjarbhat Woman

Aishwarya and her husband Vive have been spearheading 'Stop the V-Ritual' campaign against the virginity test a Kanjarbhat bride has to undergo on the first night of marriage.

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Updated:October 17, 2018, 11:12 AM IST
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Stopped From Participating in Dandiya Event for Protesting Virginity Test, Alleges Kanjarbhat Woman
The woman alleged that she was stopped as she had protested against the virginity test. (Twitter/ANI)
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Pune: A 23-year-old Kanjarbhat woman has alleged that she was prevented from participating in a Dandiya event at Pimpri area near here by members of her community because she had opposed the custom of 'virginity' test practiced by this de-notified tribe, police said Tuesday.

On a complaint filed by Aishwarya Bhat-Tamaichikar (23), police have registered a case against eight members of the Kanjarbhat community under sections of the Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016.

Aishwarya and her husband Vivek, along with some like-minded youth, have been spearheading 'Stop the V-Ritual' campaign against the virginity test a Kanjarbhat bride has to undergo on the first night of marriage.

Aishwarya said the incident occurred Monday when she was participating in a dandiya event organised in Pimpri where her mother lives. "The dandiya event was organised by some members of my community. While dandiya was being played, suddenly the music stopped and while everyone was looking clueless, my mother came to me and asked me to come home with her. However, when I resisted, she told me that the community members were not happy that I took part in the event," she claimed.

Aishwarya alleged the organisers, meanwhile, announced the event stood cancelled and only boys will dance to the music. "I left the place. However, the moment I turned my back, the organisers resumed dandiya, which confirmed that they wanted to prevent me from participating," she added.

A Pimpri police official said a case has been registered against eight people. Nobody has been arrested so far, he said.
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