'Converter won't be able to contest Panchayat elections,' declares tribals in Jharkhand

Ranchi: In a meeting organized under the aegis of Tribal Suraksha Manch on Thursday (September 16, 2021) at Birsa Saraswati Shishu Mandir Tapkara, co-convener Soma Oraon has given information about the big decision. He said that now those who convert to religion will not be allowed to contest panchayat elections in Jharkhand. According to the media report, he said that the post of village head, Mukhia, Pradhan, and Zilla Parishad is only for the people of Scheduled Tribes. We will have to support those people who will discharge and promote their customs and traditions. He said that those who have changed their religion will not be allowed to participate in the Panchayat elections.

During this, Sandeep Oraon, convener of Tribal Raksha Manch appealed to the people to preserve their religion, culture, customs and tradition. He said that for this all people will have to be educated and get information about the laws related to their rights. Sandeep further said that Pahan, Mahto, Munda, Pani Bharwa etc. are giving up their tradition, they need to be brought on the right path. Those who have migrated to other community after converting, there is a need to immediately remove such people from the posts of Pahan, Munda, Mahto, Pani Bharwa. The meeting was convened to discuss the constitutional rights of the tribes. It is worth mentioning that recently the people of 'Ho community' in village Durula under the Tonto police station area of ​​the state did not allow the dead body of a person who converted from tribal to be buried in their sasandiri (cemetery).

Amrit Lal Boypai, who had converted in the village, died on Saturday (September 11, 2021) night. Amrit's family members were digging a pit for his dead body to be buried quietly on Sunday morning at the Ho community's inherited heritage site. The people of the village got to know about it. After this the matter took a big turn. The Panchayati went on for the whole day to bury the dead body. Finally, late on Sunday (September 12, 2021), the deceased was buried in the courtyard of his house. The Christian family was given a stern warning, expressing strong objection to the attempt to bury the dead body according to the death rites and customs of the society.

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