Dalits leave Mirchpur village fearing Jat threat
January 31, 2011 6:26:49 PM
Alkesh Sharma | Hisar
Nearly a dozen Dalit families have left Mirchpur village in the last
15 days as last year's violence in the village has come back to haunt
them. It was here that a 70-year-old, Tarachand and his
physically-challenged daughter, Suman, were killed in an attack by the
dominant Jat community in April last year.
The fear of violence from Jats, who have over the past 12 days staged
protests demanding the release of those arrested for the incident and
called off stir last Thursday after the intervention of Chief Minister
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, still looms over Dalit families.
"The State Government has failed to punish the culprits accused of an
arson attack on Dalit families in April last year. The Government is
playing vote bank politics and does not want to offend the Jat
community as they are in a majority in Haryana," Gulab Singh, a Dalit
a villager, told IANS.
"We have lost all faith in the police and the Government. Leave aside
the question of staying in Mirchpur, we do not want to live anywhere
in Haryana. We make an appeal before the Government to rehabilitate us
somewhere outside this State," stated Singh.
"We are still getting threats from Jats. They are pressurising us to
take back our complaints," Sheela, another Dalit, camping outside
Mirchpur village with her family, said. In Mirchpur violence case, 98
Jat youths were arrested and are in a jail in New Delhi.
Ved Pal Tanwar, a representative of the Non-Jat Association, Haryana,
said: "So far the State Government has failed to ensure the safety of
the Dalit families of Mirchpur. They have given only verbal assurances
of safety and jobs, but actually nothing has happened. They are left
with no option than to leave Mirchpur."
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