Dalits ostracised in Navalgund
August 18, 2011
Aug. 17: More than twenty dalit families in a tiny hamlet of Nayakanur
in Navalgund taluk, are facing social boycott by a landlord, for
refusing to work in his house. The landlord instructed shop owners in
the village, not to provide any foodgrains and tea to the dalits. They
were prevented from fetching water from the tank, and threatened with
hefty fine and other punishment for disobeying him. This prompted all
dalits to desert the village, and evoked strong criticism from
religious heads and the public.
"We don't have any agricultural land, and earn our livelihood by
working under the landlords, as bonded labourers. All dalit men are
working as farm labourers, in the lands of landlords, and women are
employed as maids in their houses. Our children are also employed in
the houses of landlords. They get food grains instead of wages in
return. We have been living under fear, and the harassment has been
going on for many years," said forty-two year old Dalit Basappa Madar.
The district administration has beefed up security in the village,
after dalits staged a protest against the atrocity of the landlords.
They lodged a complaint against the culprits at Navalgund police
station. All dalit families returned to their village, after assurance
given by the officials to protect them. The police have arrested six
persons from the upper class in this connection, including main
culprit Andanigouda Patil. Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain, and SP R.
Dilip, held a meeting with the villagers and appealed to them to
maintain harmonious relations. Dr Siddalinga Swamiji of Gadag
Tontadarya Mutt visited the village, and sought punitive action
against the landlords. Consoling the dalit families, the pontiff
assured them free education and accommodation for their children.
"Dalit families can live without fear in the village, as measures have
been initiated to safeguard them. Legal action will be taken against
the guilty. All facilities of the government will also be provided to
them. Employment will be given to them under National Employment
Guarantee Scheme," DC Darpan Jain said.
Get all ZESTCaste mails sent out in a span of 24 hours in a single mail. Subscribe to the daily digest version by sending a blank mail to ZESTMediafirstname.lastname@example.org, OR, if you have a Yahoo! Id, change your settings at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ZESTMedia/join/
On this list you can share caste news, discuss caste issues and network with like-minded anti-caste people from across India and the world. Just write to email@example.com
TELL FRIENDS TO SIGN UP:-
If you got this mail as a forward, subscribe to ZESTCaste by sending a blank mail to ZESTCastefirstname.lastname@example.org OR, if you have a Yahoo! ID, by visiting http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ZESTCaste/join/
Also have a look at our sister list, ZESTMedia: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ZESTMedia/Yahoo! Groups Links
<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:
<*> Your email settings:
Individual Email | Traditional
<*> To change settings online go to:
(Yahoo! ID required)
<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: