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Man forced to play gong as punishment in Odisha: Case lodged against 52 persons

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Angul: A day after a man playing gong as part of punishment by kangaroo court in Odisha’s Angul district was reported in media, police lodged a case against 52 persons including village head.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also criticised the incident expressing his shock over such inhuman act taking place in a civilised society.

“I am saddened to see the media report showing an elected ward member’s husband was forced to play gong throughout the village as part of punishment by the village court in Angul for not voting a particular candidate in the panchayat polls. He was forced to apologise in the village as he was unable to pay Rs 50,000 as fine amount for disobeying the village decision,” Pradhan said on his facebook page.

“To live with dignity is everyone’s constitutional right. While it is being violated why the law is not taking stringent action against the culprits?” he questioned.

The incident occurred in Gudiapada village of Badakora panchayat under Bantal police limit in Angul district where a woman ward member and her husband were punished by the villagers in kangaroo court for not casting vote to a particular candidate for Naib sarpanch post in the rural polls.

According to reports, woman ward member Mallick Sahoo had not voted the particular candidate in the polls, for which the villagers punished her husband Dushmant Sahoo in the village court. He was asked to pay Rs 50,000 as fine for violating the village decision in the polls. After he expressed inability to pay fine amount, he was forced to play gong throughout the village.

Obeying the kangaroo court’s verdict, Sahoo went around the village by playing a gong to beg apology.