Monday, April 26, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Khap fear has rattled Dalits fleeing Haryana villages

Khap fear has rattled Dalits fleeing Haryana villages
TNN, Apr 1, 2010, 03.22am IST

HISAR/BHIWANI: The fear of khap looms large over Haryana with 40
members of the Dalit (Valmiki) community at Mirchpur village in Hisar
district — where two people were burnt alive by Jats last week —
fleeing their homes, rattled by khap support of Jat violence against

Their fears were compounded on Sunday when, in a khap meeting in Jind,
300 khap representatives called for intensifying the agitation against
the Hindu Marriage Act that prevents marriages between same gotras and

Bhiwani, too, has seen exodus of 150 Dalit families who have migrated
from Ladhanpur village fearing backlash from Rajputs in the wake of
rivalry between the two groups over entry into a village. The incident
had led to the murder of an upper caste youth.

Cops say the Rajput youth was beaten to death by Dalits after an
altercation turned violent in the village on March 19. Cases have been
registered against 20 Dalit youth. Dalits are fleeing the village,
saying that cops were acting on the instructions of the upper caste,
with the support of the khaps.

Last week, members of the upper caste attacked Dalit families in
Mirchpur after an altercation over the barking of a dog.

On Sunday the khaps, in no mood to give up their demand of amendment
in the Hindu Marriage Act, resolved to take a final decision on May 2
at a Mahapanchayat at Pai-Karora village, where the slain couple Manoj
and Babli lived.

Five people were awarded life sentence by a Haryana court, which has
made the khaps see red.


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