SC notice to Haryana over Dalit attack
Dhananjay Mahapatra, TNN, May 31, 2010, 01.12pm IST
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has sought a response from the Haryana
government on reports that 152 Dalit families had fled Hissar district
and that two of them had been killed by upper caste Jat community
Terming the incident as extremely serious, a bench of Justices G S
Singhvi and C K Prasad asked the district Commissioner to appear in
person with all relevant details at the next date of hearing.
The apex court passed the direction on a PIL filed by the some of the
affected persons seeking action against the alleged culprits and
protection and rehabilitation of the aggrieved families.
A 70-year-old man and his 18-year-old physically challenged daughter
were killed and at least 18 houses were damaged on April 21 in an
arson attack allegedly by members of the Jat community on Dalit
families in Mirchpur village in Hisar, some 300 km from state capital
At least 20 families of the Valmiki community in Mirchpur village had
reportedly fled following an arson attack on April 21 in which 15
houses were also damaged.
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