Incident Reports

Family refuses to accept Dalit daughter-in-law, keeps her in cowshed


Madhes, Sarlahi, Bishnu, Ward 7

Chandni Majhi, a Dalit girl from the Musahar community of Sarlahi's Bishnu Rural Municipality Ward No. 7, was kept in a cowshed by her in-laws stating that she could not be accepted as a daughter-in-law. Chandni Majhi had eloped with Shiva Rai Yadav of the same village.

According to the girl, the boy had promised to marry her before eloping and after spending 20 days he asked her to leave him saying that his family won't accept a lower caste girl. However, the girl went to his home but was not accepted by the boy's family. However, after the Yadav family refused to accept the girl, the village's panchayat ordered that the family should accept the girl until the absconding boy was found. The daughter-in-law, on the other hand, was kept at the cowshed by the boy's family.

Mahes Paswan, a human rights activist from Sarlahi, reached the cowshed and posted the girl's condition and video on social media addressing it as a violation of human rights and a heinous act of caste discrimination.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Banishment/shunning
Primary Cause Related to discrimination against Dalits
Secondary Cause Other types of GBV
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Family/relative
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media