Muslims shunned after one of them elopes with Jat woman in UP

For the past four days, nearly 800 Muslims of Palachand village in Aligarh district have been socially boycotted by the majority Jat community after a Jat woman eloped with a Muslim man.

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The Jats don't speak to the Muslims, they are not allowed to make purchases at local shops and are barred from working in farms of Jats. The Jats have also stopped buying milk from dairies of Muslims.

The woman who eloped belonged to Nisuja hamlet of Palachand, and the man is from Khurja in Bulandshahr district. They studied together until high school in Khurja and stayed in touch after the woman moved to a college in Khair. They met at a wedding in Palachand on July 1 and eloped, sparking tension between their communities, before the woman was traced on August 5.

"She said she does not want to live with her family. That is why I had to send her to the Nari Niketan in Mathura," said Aligarh SSP Dharamveer Yadav. On August 9, groups from the two communities clashed in nearby Arni village. Police registered a case and Dinesh, the uncle of the woman, and two Muslims were arrested.

Subsequently, the Jats convened a panchayat and gave a call to socially boycott the Muslims.

"It looks strange when they turn their face away," villager Mohammad Isarel said. "There may not be serious problems right now... but we cannot live like this for long. We informed the police that the boy does not belong to our village and does not even have a relative in our village."

Devraj Singh, district president of the BJP and a Jat who attended the panchayat, said the boycott would continue. "It is already enforced. Local Jats have decided not to have any relations with Muslim in their area," he said.

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