Thursday, March 18, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Upper caste Hindus lock temple after Dalit entry

Upper caste Hindus lock temple after Dalit entry

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 18 Mar 2010 04:56:00 AM ISTLast
Updated : 18 Mar 2010 06:50:12 AM IST

MANDYA: Tension gripped Kanahalli village in Mandya taluk, a day after
Dalits entered Chanakeshva Temple to participate in the Ugadi festival
on Tuesday.

Upper caste Hindus have reportedly locked the temple.

Dalits have been denied entry into Chanakeshva Temple — which falls
under the Endowment Department of the state government — for

On Tuesday, a few people from Dalit communities entered the temple and
offered prayers to the local deity.

A Few hours later, upper caste Hindus locked the temple.

Their representatives stated that Dalits had 'defied the sanctity of
the temple'.

Recently, in a peace meeting chaired by Mandya MLA M Srinivas,
upper-caste Hindus had agreed to allow Dalits into the temple. In
turn, the Dalits had agreed to withdraw a police complaint against
members of the upper castes who had assaulted Chandru, a Dalit, for
touching an idol during a procession on March 13.

Incensed by the attack, Dalits had 'threatened' to enter the temple.
They had also launched a protest against caste discrimination in
hotels and lodges in Mandya district. With the temple locked and amid
preparations for an elaborate 'cleansing' of the temple, threat of a
caste clash looms large over Kanahalli village.


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