Sunday, May 2, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalit families flee Haryana village,vow not to return

Sun, May 02

Dalit families flee Haryana village,vow not to return

Mirchpur (Haryana), May 1 "I will rather die than return to the
village," murmurs Kamla Devi, still in shock after her husband and
physically challenged daughter were burnt alive in caste violence here
on April 21.

Devi, 45, along with her two sons, who are pursuing graduation, has
been camping at the district headquarters at Hisar, about 60 km from
here, along with nearly 30 dalit families which fled the village after
houses belonging to the community were torched.

The affected families have been demanding rehabilitation outside Mirchpur.

Devi's polio-stricken daughter Suman and her aged husband were trapped
inside their burning house when about 18 dwellings were set ablaze
allegedly by members of the dominant community over old enmity.

"I have lost everything. No one can compensate my loss," says the
distraught woman about the monetary relief announced by the Haryana
Government to her family.

- (Agencies)
May 01, 2010

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