A family was ostracised by a village panchayat in Odisha’s Balangir district for objecting to cow grazing in their farms by a neighbour’s cow.
Jubak Kanda has filed a case against a few people in the village for passing the boycott order (Photo: India Today)
A farmer and his family had to face ostracisation in Odisha’s Balangir district after he objected to his neighbour’s cow grazing in his field. The unfortunate incident was reported from Banharpalli in Balangir district of Odisha.
In a complaint with the Sadar police in Balangir, a member of the family alleged that he and his family have been ostracised ever since he complained about his neighbour’s cow devouring his crops. The complainant, Jubak Kanda, said the incident happened on October 11.
A cow, owned by Radhakanta Pradhan of the village, allegedly strayed into Jubak Kanda’s farms and damaged long beans cultivated by the family. When the complainant objected to it, an argument broke out between the cow owner, Radhakanta Pradhan, and one of Jubak Kanda’s kin.
Later that same day, a diktat was passed around by a village court, asking villagers to boycott the family. Locals were warned that if anyone is found interacting with the family or buying from their ration shop, they will have to face a penalty of Rs 10,000.
As a result, locals stopped buying from the family ration shop. Even labourers did not show up at the family farm when called upon. The complainant has named Radhakanta Pradhan, Subhash Pradhan, Fakira Pradhan and Deepak Pradhan for passing the boycott order.
“As nobody from our village is coming to my brother’s [ration] shop, it has affected my family’s livelihood. My family members are not allowed to enter the village playground. Fearing a penalty, people are also refusing to work on our farmland,” the complainant, Jubak Kanda, stated in the FIR.
(Inputs from Radhakrishna from Balangir)