BJP MLA’s daughter fears for life for marrying a Dalit

Sakshi Mishra, 23, is daughter of BJP MLA from Bithari Chainpur in Bareilly. She married a dalit Ajitesh Kumar, 29, on July 4

BJP MLA’s daughter fears for life for marrying a Dalit

Biswajeet Banerjee

Daughter of a ruling BJP MLA has alleged threat on her life from her father and his associates for marrying a Dalit and has requested her father not to harass her husband and her in-laws saying “they are also human beings not animals.”

Sakshi Mishra, 23, is the the daughter of BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra from Bithari Chainpur in Bareilly. She married a Dalit man, Ajitesh Kumar, 29, on July 4.

On July 10, she released two videos alleging harassment from her father. She even said that the goons of her father were after her and her husband. “Tell your goons to back-off,” she said in one of her videos which went viral.

In one of the videos she informs her father about her marriage. “Sindoor maine lagaya hai wo fashion mein nahi hai. I am actually married,”. She even asks her father not to harass her husband and his family members. “They are good people and I will be happy with them,” she said.

In the videos she nowhere mentions her husband’s caste but it is alleged that her family members were against her marrying a Dalit. Sakshi has even issued an appeal to all the BJP MPs and MLAs of Bareilly to not support her father.

“If something happens to me, my husband or his family members, my father and his henchman (whom she addresses as Rana) should be held responsible,” she said and appealed to Bareilly police to provide security to her husband and in-laws.

The DIG Bareilly range Rajesh Pandey said that the local police has taken cognizance of the video and the SSP has been asked to extend security to the girl and her husband.

Meanwhile, Sakshi has moved Allahabad High Court seeking security. The hearing on this case is likely to take place on Thursday.

This incident comes close on the heels of BJP law makers taking law in their hands. Recently, a BJP MLA in Uttarakhand was seen dancing with guns and carbine while a BJP MP from Etawah Rama Shankar Katheria beat up employees of a toll plaza. Last week BJP MLA from Ballia had slapped a chowkidar of a government guest house for not giving him a room. All this has happened after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked BJP law makers to maintain ‘maryada’ in public life. He was reacting to beating of Civil employees in Indore by BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya.

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Published: 11 Jul 2019, 10:35 AM