Chamar Maha Sabha launched for empowerment of neglected caste
Punjab Newsline Network
Monday, 15 February 2010
CHANDIGARH: Paramjit Singh Kainth, a dalit leader on Monday launched
"Chamar Maha Sabha", a social and cultural organisation for the
empowerment of neglected "Chamar' caste of India.
Addressing a press confernece here, Kainth said that under the Indian
caste system, named 'Chamar', much exploitation and insult has been
heaped on these people and they feel humiliation in calling themselves
'Chamar' The aim of the organisation to feel the people of caste proud
of themselves and come out of inferiorty complex.
Kainth has also demanded to abolish Prevetnion of Atorcity Act formed
by government of India for protection of dalits. He said that this act
was being misused by upper class for their vested interests. He said
that in the past 21 years, not even a single conviction was reported
under this act. He said that in practice and reality atrocities
continue to be heaped on these people whose contribution to the
civilisation is so great that they should walk with dignity and pride
with their heads high.
Kainth said that if a Jat feels proud to call him 'Jat' and Brahmin
feels proud too, then why a Chamar feels for himself below diginity.
He said that Chamar community was nationalist and needed to be
empowered and respected. He said that all castes like Sainis, Rajput,
Kamboj etc have set up their Sabha's and in the prevailing caste
system, they have the equal right to mark their identity.
Kainth further said that in Punjab population of Jats was 30 percent
and Chamar community is 20 percent. He said that in the present
government due share in power was not given to them. He said that not
even a single minister belonged to Chamar community. He said that it
was same treatment in all political parties. No repersentation was
given to them in chairmans, coporations. Not even a single SSP is
Kainth said that it was unfortunate that state level function of Guru
Ravidass was also not celebrated and no function is ever organised for
Bhai Sangat Singh who achived martyrdon in Chamkaur di Garhi at the
instance of Guru Gobind Singh.
He also blamed SGPC for spreading casteism instead of uniting the
Sikhs. He said that they would fight for their due and respect in the
Kainth said that beside setting up chamar bhawan in all districts,
they would also launch a magazine to further their cause.
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