Atrocities against Dalits on the rise in Nizamabad
Raghu Paithari | TNN
Nizamabad: It appears that the honour killing incident at
Krishnajivadi where a Dalit youth along with his upper caste wife were
stoned to death on May 26 was not an isolated one. Three persons
belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) community were murdered by upper
caste people in Nizamabad district in the last fortnight.
In what could be a pointer to an alarming rise in the attacks on
SCs/STs in the district, a senior police official said 35 cases
pertaining to attacks on Dalits have been reported till May this year.
They include two murder, five rape, five causing injury and eight
other cases registered under various sections of the SC/ST (Prevention
of Atrocities) Act.
Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) state vice-president R
Nampalli told TOI that the family members of Baddam Swapna Reddy had
killed Sunkari Srinivas on the night of May 26 because they could not
reconcile to the fact that the youth belonged to the SC community.
"The macabre incident in Krishnajivadi in full view of villagers only
exposes how Dalits are being treated in villages and mandals by the
cash-rich upper caste people," he fumed.
While land disputes is said to be one of the prime reasons for the
increasing attacks on Dalits, love affairs and extra-marital relations
often lead to murders of Dalit youths. Karrolla Sailu, 40, was stabbed
to death by one Goli Narayana Reddy and his associates in broad
daylight in front of State Bank of Hyderabad in Yellareddy town on May
What was the provocation? "Narayana Reddy killed Sailu suspecting
that the latter had developed intimacy with his wife," a police
official said. The victim used to work in the fields of Narayana Reddy
in Lingampalli village of Lingampet mandal. In another case, a Dalit
youth was allegedly killed in Kamareddy division on May 15. His crime
was having an illegal affair with the wife of an upper caste.
In another instance, a land dispute took the life of Bhavanipet
Sudarshan, 40, who was beaten to death by his upper caste opponents in
Kamareddy on May 18. Sudarshan had a piece of land on the Sirsilla
road, which was assigned by the government 20 years back. The adjacent
land owners — Mudam Laxminarayana and Mudam Narasimhulu — kept
pressuring Sudarshan to sell his land to them. "When he refused to
part with his land, the Mudam brothers attacked him with sticks and
killed him in his field," police sources said.
Though there has been a spurt in the number of cases registered
under the SC/SC Act with each passing year, the accused continue to go
scot-free due to lack of evidence or political influence. In 2009, 92
cases under SC/ST Act, including two murder, four rape and 12 causing
hurt, were registered in the district. While 83 cases were booked in
2008, 74 cases under SC/SC Act were registered in the year before.
"Though special provisions have been provided to protect the
interests of Dalits and other weaker sections, the police officials
misuse the Act to bail out the accused belonging to upper castes,"
Dalit Morcha leader Gandham Veeresham said.
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