Monday, December 20, 2010

[ZESTCaste] ‘Dalits still untouchable, deprived in India’

'Dalits still untouchable, deprived in India'
Source: Bhaskar News | Last Updated 04:33(20/12/10)

'Dalits still untouchable, deprived in India'

Bhopal: Expressing pain over their pathetic condition even after sixty
decades of freedom, the Dalit society has expressed regret that it
still confronts evils of untouchability and discrimination.

Speaking at the state-level summit 'Dalit Mahasammelan' organised by
the Dalit Mukti Sena in Bhopal on Sunday, several of its leaders
regretted that despite repeated efforts, the discriminations could not
be rooted out from hearts of people.

Adressing the meeting, noted social activist Professor Jogendra Kawade
said that Dalits were still the most sanguinary people on the earth.
They were still forced to do manual scavenging and people reject the
food when they cook for Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

Ms. Swathi Kaiswal of 'Jan Pahal' said that the condition of women was
worst as they were forced to suffer on all fronts.

She said that the women were forced to do all kinds of works to meet
their both ends. Inaccessibility to education and other basic
facilities still kept them exposed to some inhuman practices like
manual scavenging.

Coming down heavily on the system of caste division, the participants
called for some stringent measures along with proper implementation of
various schemes to safeguard the rights of Dalits and give them space
to live with dignity.


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