Monday, February 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] After attacks, Dalits flee two Rajasthan villages

After attacks, Dalits flee two Rajasthan villages
Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:21:13 PM by IANS

Jaipur, Feb 19 (IANS) In two Rajasthan villages, atrocities against
Dalits take place over the flimsiest of reasons - a hen being run
over, or a goat straying into the house of another community. The
Dalits are now fleeing their homes.Dalit families of Husheypura
village in Alwar district and Chandpur in Bharatpur district fled
enmasse when they were attacked by members of another community over
petty disputes.

Rajasthan is tagged in the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) as
second in the country in terms of atrocities against Scheduled
Castes/Scheduled Tribes.

While in Husheypura, violence erupted Jan 19 after a hen came under
the wheels of a tractor being driven by a Dalit farmer, the houses of
Dalit families were stoned in Chandpur after a goat strayed into the
farm of another community member Wednesday.

Husheypura, with 800 Dalits, and Chandpur, with 700, are nearly 100
and 115 km, respectively, from the district headquarters in Alwar and

"A team of National Human Rights Commission has visited Husheypura.
Many families have fled the village, and despite our assurances to
them only a few have returned," a senior district administration
official told IANS on condition of anonymity. He added that they are
providing all possible assistance to the victims.

Ramsahay, a resident of Chandpur said: "They stoned my house for two
hours. I sustained injuries on my head. I had to take shelter in my
relative's house in a nearby village. After I was assured of safety by
the police, I returned on Thursday night. But many others have not

The two incidents have brought to the fore the pathetic condition of
Dalits in the state which has reported maximum number of atrocities
registered with the police surpassed by only Uttar Pradesh.

According to latest NCRB report, as many as 6,168 cases under the
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
were registered in Rajasthan in 2009.

During a recent visit to Jaipur, Union Minister of Social Justice and
Empowerment Mukul Wasnik had said that the police are yet to complete
investigations in 4,992 of the cases.

Wasnik announced the setting up of special courts for hearing SC/ST
atrocity cases in eight districts including Bharatpur, Bundi, Barmer
and Hanumangarh to speed up trials.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has also directed the police to identify
the most atrocity-prone areas at the village and tehsil (block) level
in the state, so that effective measures could be taken.


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