Thursday, October 28, 2010

[ZESTCaste] AP: Upper castes deny water to dalits in village

AP: Upper castes deny water to dalits in village

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 28 Oct 2010 04:03:01 AM ISTLast
Updated : 28 Oct 2010 09:05:18 AM IST

NELLORE: Tension prevailed in Vaddipalem hamlet of Kothavangallu
village panachayat in Kodavaluru mandal when the upper caste people of
the village prevented dalits from the Dalitwada from using water of
the village well.

As the news spread like wildfire, several dalit organisations rushed
to the village resulting in exchange of arguments between the upper
caste people and dalit leaders. District collector K Ramgopal directed
the Kodavaluru MRO to get the pipeline fixed and restore water supply
from the well to the Dalitwada and submit a report on the incident

Vaddipalem, 30 km from here, has two wells, one used by the upper
castes and the other by dalits. The water in the well meant for dalits
got contaminated a few months ago. Following a request by the dalits,
the collector sanctioned Rs1 lakh for laying a pipeline from the other
well in the village to supply drinking water to the Dalitwada.

According to Kodavalur tahsildar N Syamalamma, the two groups had
agreed to the arrangement and things went smoothly.

However, four days ago, an upper caste person had allegedly de-linked
the pipeline cutting of water to Dalits.When the dalits went to the
well to fetch water, they were chased away by the upper caste people.
The dalits were forced to use the contaminated water for the last four

As the news spread, several dalit leaders from other places rushed to
the village in support of the local dalits.

MRPS district president J Ramanaiah condemned the ill-treatment of
dalits and said even after six decades of independence, caste
discrimination was still prevalent and Vaddipallem incident stood
testimony to it. Bahujan Samaj Party Kovur incharge B Mastanaiah said
it was unfortunate that discrimination against dalits was still

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